Raspberry Pi at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Festival!


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by Jim Manley » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:05 pm
Come see the Raspberry Pi at the FREE San Francisco Bay Area Science Festival, 11 AM to 4 PM today (Saturday, 4 November) in AT&T Park, King and 3rd Streets in downtown San Francisco, home of the 2012 Major League Baseball World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. I'm helping man the Computer History Museum's booth on the Club Level at Booth C34, where we're demoing working Altair 8800, Apple ][, TRS-80, Commodore PET, Franklin ACE100, and original IBM PC microcomputers. We're letting kids type in and run commands and BASIC programs on the machines.

There are hundreds of other science and tech-oriented booths being hosted by various non-profit, academic, volunteer and e thusiàst organizations in the SF Bay area.


I have my lapdock running with the Pi and the latest-and-greatest Raspbian "Wheezy" release (28 October 2012).

The view of the field from the normally-closed-to-the-public Club Deck and being able to wander around on the field are worth the FREE price of admission.

See you here!
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by Jim Manley » Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:45 pm
BTW, info on the Science Festival is at:

http://www.bayareascience.org
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by liz » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:05 am
Excellent news! Please take pictures if you can and send them my way; and thank you, as always, for all the hard work!
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by W. H. Heydt » Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:40 am
Drat... I was down at the Tech Museum in San Jose today to see the MythBusters exhibit...
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by Jim Manley » Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:00 am
Here's what it looks like when old geeks and new recruits take over the home field of the World Series Champion Major League Baseball team's stadium for a day in the sun:
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I wasn't able to announce the presence of the Pi at the museum's booth in advance and, technically, I wasn't supposed to show it since exhibitors were not allowed to promote or sell any "products", including the Festival sponsors, which featured small organizations the size of Chevron, which you've probably never heard of, I suppose ;)

Here's what kids having fun programming BASIC Ye Olde Schoole Style looks like on an Altair 8800, Apple ][, Commodore PET, Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I, Franklin ACE100, and an IBM PC (the Pi in a lapdock is on another table out of view):

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Our very own British import and Babbage expert extraordinaire Tim Robinson brought his operating Babbage Difference Engine components built from Meccano parts:
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Workforce Development San Mateo County exhibited their RasPi Bot which I'm trying to find photos of, since I didn't have a way to take any while my phone was recharging (the professional hazard of live-posting from such an exciting event).

I didn't know I was going to be able to attend the Festival in time this year - I didn't even know I was going to be able to attend for the museum until the day before the event. However, we're going to apply for our own Raspberry Jam Silicon Valley booth at next year's Festival, preferably next to the Computer History Museum's booth so we can support each other for breaks, and kids can move between the past and the future of computing in just a few feet of space. While we won't officially be representing them unless they want us to, since the Foundation is a non-profit with an educational mission the same as the museum, I don't think there will be a problem as long as we aren't actually selling anything.

If they're provided, I wonder if we can give away some boards based on a random selection process when kids come up and try their hand at playing with our programming demos. Well, we have a year to plan for it and who knows how many Pii will be in the field (so to speak) by then, and what features they'll have at that point?

Here's the guide showing who exhibited at the Festival this year, which was visited by about 21,000 people, and here's the list of exhibitors (links to many organizations are in the PDF referenced in the guide link):

The Tech Musuem of San Jose
BrightSource Energy
Amgen
Gladstone
Bayer
Pfizer
Nektar
BioRad Laboratories
Stanford University
Stanford Linear Accelerator National Accelerator Laboratory
Stanford, Center for Probing the Nanoscale
Stanford University, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford Chemistry Department
Berkeley Nanotechnology Club (via Science@Cal)
University of California Berkeley Physics (via Science@Cal)
Energy Biosciences Institute
Cognitive Science Student Association
University of California Museum of Paleontology
The Center for Science Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - National Ignition Facility
University of California San Francisco – Science & Health Education Partnership
University of California San Francisco - Dept of Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco - Sleep Disorders Center
Bay Area Concussion & Brain Injury Program – University of California San Francisco & San Francisco General Hospital
University of California San Francisco - Women In Life Sciences
Community Science Workshops Network
Wonderfest - Physics Circus
U.S. Geological Service
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (BABEC)
Technovation Challenge
Association for Women in Science
Community Resources for Science
Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems – UC Berkeley
South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Lawrence Hall of Science
Clorox R&D
NASA Ames Laboratory
NASA Kepler Mission
NASA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
Conservatory of Flowers
City College of San Francisco’s Engineering Club
San Francisco Department of the Environment
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Celsius And Beyond
First Tech Federal Credit Union
KQED Public Television
The Museum of Mathematics
Exploratorium
Felidae Conservation Fund
Stanford Earth Sciences
Ocean Conservation Research
Stanford Polymer Collective, Chemical Engineering
Stanford Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab
Aquarium of the Bay
HowToSmile.org
CalGirlS (The California Affiliate of the National Girls Collaborative Project)
826 Valencia Free Tutoring and Kidspace
The Coalition for Science After School
Bay Area Discovery Museum
University of California Berkeley 4-H Youth Development Program
Raoul Wallenberg High School – AP Chemistry
University of California Berkeley Cooperative Extension
BioCurious
Destination Science
SEM Link Inc
San Jose State University College of Engineering
Edventure
Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair
Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair
San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair
No Starch Press Publishing
Skyline College
Odyssey School Hands-On Science “Museum”
City College of San Francisco - Earth Sciences
Bay Area Brain Bee
Bay Area Math Circles / MSRI National Association of Math Circles
Alameda County Office of Education
Aptos Middle School
Aptos High School
San Francisco State University
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Computer History Museum
Workforce Development San Mateo County
Dynamic Design Lab at Stanford University
FIRST Robotics Team 2643
Lowell High School FIRST Robotics Team 4159
FIRST Robotics
San Francisco Bookmobile
Chevy Volt
Marine Science Institute
CuriOdyssey - Mobile Museum
Lick Observatory
University of California Berkeley Astronomy Department
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
California Academy of Sciences
Stanford Optical Society
University of California Berkeley Astronomy Department
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