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Clive
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In my day, you were lucky if you had some broken Clackers and a half-sucked, flocculent gobstopper in your trouser pockets. But here I am, half a century later, watching a swarm of school pupils running around the playground with entire computers attached to them. Or microcontrollers, at least. This was Eastlea Community School’s Technology … Continue reading →
This thing will change your life In October 2011, Raspberry Pi co-founder Jack Lang handed me a beta version of the Raspberry Pi. This changed my life. The Pi was familiar yet unworldly:  a computer the size of a credit card. As both a teacher and a maker it was a revelation. For the next … Continue reading →
Big brown boxes If this blog was an Ealing comedy, it would be a speeded-up montage of an increasingly flustered postman delivering huge numbers of huge boxes to school reception desks across the land. At the end, they’d push their cap up at a jaunty angle and wipe their brow with a large spotted handkerchief. With squeaky … Continue reading →
We’re taking some time off over the Christmas break to spend some time with our families – we’ll be back again on Jan 4! If you woke up this morning to find a Raspberry Pi stuffed into your Christmas stocking then you’ve come to the right place. Hurrah! (And if—like mine—your stocking contained a desiccated … Continue reading →
Back in February Dave Honess blogged about our Weather Station Project for schools. Here’s what we’ve been up to since. The main news is that we have selected the 1000 schools worldwide who will be receiving the kit and the hardware side is done, dusted and ready to go. Here’s what the lucky schools will … Continue reading →
There are many excellent things to be found in last week’s release of Raspbian Jessie and we’ve been keeping one of the best ones tucked under our big Raspberry Pi-shaped hat. In the Programming menu on the desktop you’ll find a new version of Scratch, our favourite programming language for beginners. Tim Rowledge, who has … Continue reading →
You may have noticed that the touch display came out a couple of days ago and while the response has been fantastic it’s still a bit early for display-based projects to blog about. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in three and a half years of blogging for Raspberry Pi it’s this: don’t try … Continue reading →
What do you do if you are given a big old wine barrel? You could make it into a twee garden planter; go over Niagara Falls in it; or cut off the end and make a secret passage like in Scooby Doo. Or you could do the obvious thing and build a Raspberry Pi-powered arcade … Continue reading →
Determined to redress the moggie-doggie bias of the internet Lauren Orsini decided to use a Raspberry Pi and a waterproof temperature sensor to monitor her fish tank. It’s not a recent project but it deserves a place here because it’s such a brilliant introduction to physical computing on the Raspberry Pi: one sensor, one purpose … Continue reading →
If you ever want to get back at your sibling for some minor wrongdoing, there is no better way than to borrow all of their “Where’s Wally”** books and use a big red marker pen to give him speech bubbles shouting, “Here I am! Over here!” On every single page. But be prepared for war. (**He might be called “Waldo” where you … Continue reading →