Physical computing is one of the most engaging classroom activities, and it’s at the heart of most projects we see in the community.¬†From flashing lights to IoT smart homes, the Pi’s GPIO pins make programming objects in the real world accessible to everybody. Some three years ago, Ben Croston created a Python library called RPi.GPIO,... Continue reading
Like many institutions, Barclays Bank recognises that digital literacy is an essential component of modern life. It was for this reason that, back in 2013, the bank launched its Digital Eagles initiative. Branch volunteers offered to give up their time and skills to teach members of the community how to get online, perform web searches,... Continue reading
One of the challenges I always found in teaching is that at times it can be quite isolating, particularly when working in a small department. You spend most of the day with your classes, or planning for them. You catch up with your colleagues in weekly meetings, but opportunities to share and reflect can be... Continue reading
In a month’s time we’re sending two Raspberry Pis to the International Space Station as part of two Astro Pi flight units. We’ve all been beavering away for the last 12 months in preparation, and the launch date is almost upon us. Tim Peake is currently doing his final press conference in the UK before... Continue reading
Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club join forces I am delighted to announce that Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club are joining forces in a merger that will give many more young people the opportunity to learn how to make things with computers. Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club were both created as responses to... Continue reading
This year Mozilla Festival is taking place at Ravensbourne College in London (next to the O2 arena) on 7-8 November. Map here. This is Mozilla’s annual hands-on festival (affectionately known as MozFest) and is dedicated to forging the future of the open Web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators and creators unite to hack on innovative... Continue reading
Part of the background to my day-to-day life at work is the steady flow of emails showing me which of our learning resources my colleagues in Raspberry Pi’s education team are developing, discussing or updating at the moment. We use GitHub to manage our content and collaborate, and I get notifications that tell me about... Continue reading
18,000 stickers, 2,000 selfie-sticks and 8,000 slices of pizza hurtled across the planet last week to 14 different countries. It was a day that almost 4000 students had been eagerly awaiting. Major League Hacking (MLH) have been organising hackathons in the USA and Europe for several years, but Saturday was an event with a difference.... Continue reading
Those of you who regularly read our blog will know all about Astro Pi. If not then, to briefly recap, two specially augmented Raspberry Pis (called Astro Pis) are being launched to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission starting in December. The launch date is December the... Continue reading
PyConUK is one of the Education Team’s favourite events of the year. We love the fact that as well as being a great community developer event, they also run an Education track for kids and teachers to learn and share. It started with one of the organisers, Zeth, humorously holding up a wall clock saying... Continue reading