Next week brings another opportunity for educators to visit the Raspberry Pi Foundation at Bett 2017, the huge annual EdTech event in London. We’ll be at ExCeL London from 25-28 January, and we’ll be running more than 50 workshops and talks over the four days. Whether you’re a school teacher or a community educator, there’s something for you: visit our stand (G460) to discover ways to bring the power of digital making to your classroom and beyond.
A BIG announcement in the Bett Show Arena
Our CEO Philip Colligan will be launching an exciting new free initiative to support educators, live in the Bett Show Arena at 13:25 on Wednesday 25 January. Philip will be joined by a panel of educators who are leading the movement for classroom computing and digital making.
Raspberry Pi Stand (G460) – Free workshops, talks, demos, and panel discussions
Find us at our STEAM Village stand (G460) to take part in free physical computing and STEAM workshops, as well as talks led by Raspberry Pi Foundation staff, Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, and other expert community members. We have a huge range of workshops running for all levels of ability, which will give you the opportunity to get hands-on with digital making and gain experience of using the Raspberry Pi in a variety of different ways.
There is no booking system for our workshops. You just need to browse our Bett Show 2017 Workshop Timetable and then turn up before the session. If you miss a workshop and need help with something, don’t worry: the team will be hosting special drop-in sessions at the end of each day to answer all your questions.
Workshop participants will get the chance to grab some exclusive goodies, including a special Educator’s Edition of our MagPi magazine. We also have an awesome maker project for you to take away this year: your very own Raspberry Pi badge, featuring a glowing LED! We’ll supply all the materials: you just need to come and take part in some good old-fashioned digital making.
These fantastic free resources will help to get you started with digital making and Raspberry Pi, learn more about our goals as a charity, and give you the confidence to teach others about physical computing.
Our staff members will also be on hand to chat to you about any questions you have about our educational initiatives. Here’s a quick list to get the cogs turning:
- Astro Pi: our initiative to enable schools across Europe to send code into space
- Code Club: our programme for setting up extra-curricular computing clubs in schools and community spaces
- Online training: our new web-based courses for educators on the FutureLearn platform
- Picademy: our flagship face-to-face training for educators in the UK and USA
- Pioneers: a new initiative that sets digital making challenges for teams of UK teenagers (twelve- to 15-year-olds)
- Skycademy: our programme for starting a near-space programme in your school using high-altitude balloons
STEAM village sessions
In addition to running workshops and talks on our own stand, we are also holding some sessions on the STEAM village stand next to ours:
|13:25 – 13:55||Wednesday||Olympia Brown, Senior Programme Manager, Raspberry Pi Foundation||Pioneers: engaging teenagers in digital making, project-based learning, and STEAM||STEAM Village Stage|
|12:30 – 13:00||Thursday||Carrie Anne Philbin, Director of Education, Raspberry Pi Foundation||A digital making curriculum: bridging the STEAM skills gap through creativity and project-based learning||STEAM Village Stage|
|16:10 – 16:40||Friday||Panel chaired by Dr Lucy Rogers, Author, Designer, Maker, and Robot Wars Judge!||These ARE the droids we’re looking for: how the robotics revolution is inspiring a generation of STEAM makers||STEAM Village Stage|
|11:20 – 11:50||Saturday||Dave Honess, Astro Pi Programme Manager, Raspberry Pi Foundation||Code in space: engaging students in computer science||STEAM Village Stage|
Raspberry Jam and Code Club @ Bett
For the second year running, we are taking over the Technology in HE Summit Space on Saturday 28 January to run two awesome events:
- A Raspberry Jam from 10:00 to 12:50. Led by the wonderful Raspberry Pi community, Raspberry Jams are a way to share ideas, collaborate, and learn about digital making and computer science. They take place all over the world, including at the Bett Show! Come along, share your project in our show-and-tell, take part in our workshops, and get help with a project from experts and community members. It’s fun for all the family!
- A Code Club primer session from 13:00 to 15:00. Our regional coordinator for London and the East of England is holding a workshop with a team of young people to show you how to start a Code Club in your school. Come and take part in the live demos and get help with starting your own club.
We’re looking forward to the opportunity to speak to so many different educators from across the world. It’s really important to us to spend time with all of you face-to-face: we want to hear about the great things you’re doing, answer your questions, and learn about the way you work and the challenges you face so we can improve the things we do. We really do value your feedback enormously, so please don’t hesitate for a moment to come over and ask questions, query something, or just say hi! And if you have questions you’d like to ask us ahead of Bett, just leave us a comment below.
See you next week!