Take part in the Hour of Code

At Raspberry Pi Towers, our magical helper elves* have been working around the clock to bring you some fantastically festive Hour of Code activities.

The Hour of Code is an idea launched in 2013 by Code.org – a non-profit organisation dedicated to expanding participation in Computer Science by making it available in more schools. Their vision is very similar to our own at Raspberry Pi:

Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.

To help support this initiative we have created a bumper pack of activities for beginners, and for those ready for something a little more challenging – and they can all be achieved in an hour.

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There’s something for all ages and abilities in our tasty selection box, including quizzes, spinny flowers, Santa detectors, musical delights and even snowflake design. Put an hour aside, pull up a Raspberry Pi and tuck in!

Clive’s Santa Detector

santa-iconNo more propping your eyes open with matchsticks to try and catch Santa! This Scratch program uses a low-cost infra-red detector to set off an alarm when Santa sneaks into your room. It’s a great introduction to using simple sensors on the Raspberry Pi and can be adapted to lots of different projects.

Ben and Rachel’s Raspberry Pi Music Box

Arcade_Button_Group_grandeTrigger some sounds using buttons and the GPIO pins on a Raspberry Pi. In this activity you learn how to wire up a series of buttons to your Raspberry Pi GPIO pins and program them with Python to play particular sounds when pressed.

Les Pounder’s Kids Ruby Quiz

kids-rubyRuby is an easy to learn language that was created in the late 1990s by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto as a general-purpose programming language. It is the language that is used to create music in Sonic Pi. In this activity, you create a quiz using a special application called Kids Ruby.

Simon Johnson’s Sorting Hat Lesson Plan

setup-pibrellaRaspberry Pi Certified Educator Simon Johnson has created a lesson plan for teachers based on his Picademy team project, the Sorting Hat!  In this lesson, students create a Raspberry Pi-powered Harry Potter-style Sorting Hat, using the button on a Pibrella add-on board.

Carrie Anne’s Snowflakes

Draw snowflakes with code using Python Turtle. Great fun, and a fab way to start learning how to code with Python. In this activity you learn how to use a sequence of instructions to make shapes, how to use loops to repeat instructions, and how to store information in variables.

How to make Snowflakes with Code (Xmas & Hour of Code Special)

Ho ho ho it’s hour of code during Computer Science Week 8th December – 14th December. Why not spend an hour making snowflakes in Python with Frozen’s Elsa? For full code see: https://github.com/MissPhilbin/GeekGurlDiaries Like, share, & subscribe for more! http://www.geekgurldiaries.co.uk @GeekGurlDiaries http://www.facebook.com/GeekGurlDiaries Code: https://github.com/MissPhilbin/GeekGurlDiaries

See our Hour of Code page for more fun activities to try out.

* No elves where harmed whilst creating Hour of Code resources.