Liz Upton
Head of Communications, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Usually quite inky
677 posts

Train your rat: behavioural science at home

Skinner boxes are a kind of apparatus used for conditioning and training animals in scientific studies. You’ll almost certainly have read about them or seen them on TV: an animal is rewarded with a treat for pressing a button; or trained to respond to a patter of lights or other stimuli (like shapes, music and other... Continue reading

Welcome Craig!

Eagle-eyed followers of all things Pi will have noticed that Craig Richardson, Minecraft savant (here’s his free book on teaching with Minecraft, which should be required reading for all teachers – and here are some recipe cards he’s produced to get your kids started) and all-round lovely chap, has been popping up a lot in photos of... Continue reading

Real-time orientation display with the MinIMU-9 v2

The MinIMU-9 v2 (catchy, no?) is a tiny inertial measurement unit (IMU). It has has three axes of gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer on board, which mean you can use it to sense the precise orientation of the device itself and, by extension, whatever it’s fixed to. You’ll find IMUs in devices like model aeroplanes and VR headsets. This... Continue reading

Boot from a 16MB SD card

Call for guest posts! I’m going to be away for ten days, and Ben and Helen will be babysitting this blog. They’re looking for guest posts from you – do you have a Pi project you think we might be interested in? Email info@raspberrypi.org with your submission, and if the team likes it, they might... Continue reading

Amy Mather’s week of work experience

Liz: A few weeks ago, over the Easter holidays, we had Amy Mather, 14 years old and surpassing fantastic, come and visit us for a week’s work experience. (Check out this talk she gave at last year’s Jamboree, aged only 13; see another talk she gave at Wired with Clive, our Director of Education, and... Continue reading

Cambridge Jam: focus on education

Liz: Last week’s Cambridge Raspberry Jam was one of the biggest yet. I asked the organisers, Michael Horne (whom you might know as Recantha: he has a brilliant Raspberry Pi blog, which you should check out) and Tim Richardson, whether they’d be prepared to write a guest post for us about the event. They’ve done... Continue reading

New RS ad

RS Components, who, along with Farnell/element 14 make up our licensed manufacturers, have a new ad out, and it’s so good we thought we’d share it with you. Enjoy!... Continue reading

PebblyPi smart doorbell

A quick poll of the office reveals that none of us knows anybody with a smart watch. But we know you’re out there, smart watch owners: this one’s for you. (Let us know in the comments if you really exist: Gordon says he thinks there are only about five of you. I am prepared for... Continue reading

Heston, we have a potato.

Heston Blumenthal’s production team got in touch last year to talk to us about an idea they’d had for his new series, the first episode of which was going to be based around pies. Given that we are a well-known British manufacturer of something that sounds a lot like pie, they thought we might like to get... Continue reading

Boris, the Twitter Dino-Bot

UK teachers: want two days of free, top-class CPD? Check out Picademy, and send us your applications! What do you get if you cross a PiFace with a rubber dinosaur from Marks and Spencer? Twitter magic, that’s what. Teacher Dan Aldred has come up with a thing of beauty: a hack that makes your desktop... Continue reading