Clive Beale
Piconoclast
Likes making things
72 posts
It’s not long to BETT now where the Foundation education team will spend four whole earth days doing great works. As well as a non-stop stand schedule of talks, demos and activities we’ve also got a number of off-stand monkeyshines including two live stage shows by Fran Scott, who you may have seen recently on... Continue reading
Raspberry Pi turns three (three!) next month and we would love you to come to our birthday party! The party is so huge and packed full of stuff that we couldn’t fit it into one day so we’ll be taking over the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March... Continue reading
If you’re here because you got a Raspberry Pi for Christmas, then Happy Christmas – and welcome to the Raspberry Pi family! If you’re just here for fun, then Happy Christmas too! The Raspberry Pi is a computer that you can use for all sort of brilliant and useful things, from learning to program, to... Continue reading
A few weeks ago Dave and I ran a workshop at the Hub Construction Skills Centre in Stepney Green. It was great: the young people were engaged, learned some basic computing skills and saw why it’s important to know how computers work. And that might normally have been a tweet or two from us but... Continue reading
Rachel and Clive spent the weekend with the Pimoroni crew at the World Maker Faire New York. Here is the news report that they telegrammed via Cyrus W. Field’s magnetic transatlantic telegraph cable. They call Maker Faire the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and  they’re probably right. Certainly there’s nothing on Earth that can... Continue reading
It’s been quiet around Pi Towers lately. Quiet and disquieting, rather like standing in your nan’s best front room when you were a kid and really needing a wee but were too afraid to break the silence. But we have good and exciting reasons for our quietude: we’ve all been busy preparing for two of... Continue reading
Space matters In September 2014 (as in a couple of weeks) the new Computing curriculum will come into play in schools in England. Basically this means that ICT as a subject will be replaced by Computing and that students from the age of five will have the opportunity to learn an exciting and powerful new... Continue reading
Back in February 2014, Matt Timmons-Brown captured Gordon, our Head of Software, and would not let him go to the café for his “Gordon Special” until he had spilled all of our secrets. Matt is spending some time at Raspberry Pi Towers shortly and we’d like to do this again, but this time with added... Continue reading
On Monday and Tuesday this week we ran our third Picademy – two days of free teacher training (aka CPD – it really is free, and there aren’t any catches) – and it was better than ever. We make Picademy available to attend for free: it’s part of our charitable mission. Teachers of all subjects – not just computing... Continue reading
The PA Raspberry Pi competition challenges young people to use the Raspberry Pi to make the world a better place. Last year I helped judge the competition and was amazed by the creativity and innovation of the entries (the excellent AirPi was one of last year’s winners). This year’s event was held in the Science... Continue reading