Bett 2017

Discover a galaxy of ideas, projects, and workshops with Raspberry Pi at Bett Show 2017. We can be found in the STEAM Village and at the adjacent stand (G460).


With STEAM Village talks, drop-in pods, and over 60 workshops running over the four days of the show, our team of Raspberry Pi and Code Club experts will help you discover how digital making can help make computing exciting in the classroom and beyond. Find us in the STEAM Village, and at the adjacent stand G460, to hear about our brand new initiative created solely for educators; learn about Pioneers, our new programme for young people aged between 12 and 15; and get hands on with some digital making workshops.

Bett Arena: Wednesday 25th January 13:25-14:05

The Raspberry Pi Foundation: bringing the power of digital making into the classroom

Five years on from the launch of their first low-cost computer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has sold over 12 million computers, and helped establish a global community of educators who are working to bring the power of digital making into the classroom.

Foundation CEO Philip Colligan will be launching a new, free initiative to support educators live in the Bett Arena. Philip will be joined by a panel of educators who are leading the movement for classroom computing and digital making.

Free hands-on computing workshops

This year, we have a larger workshop space located at stand G460, directly opposite the STEAM Village. We will be offering the opportunity to participate in physical computing and STEAM workshops led by Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, Picademy teacher trainers, community members, Code Club staff, and volunteers. We are running a huge range of activities, from beginner- to advanced-level and from Scratch to Python, which will give you the opportunity to get hands-on with computer science and experience the Raspberry Pi for yourself.

At our four STEAM Village pods, located opposite the stand, you will be able to talk to Raspberry Pi and Code Club staff and subscribe to our exciting newsletters and teacher-orientated publications.

Our fantastic free resources will help to get you started on your own Raspberry Pi projects, learn more about our charitable aims, and will give you the confidence to teach others about the power of physical computing. Visitors will also get the chance to grab some exclusive goodies!

Raspberry Pi and Code Club drop-in sessions

On Saturday, we are taking over the Technology in HE Summit Space to run drop-in sessions in the morning and afternoon.

Unable to take part in a workshop? With a Raspberry Jam session from 10.00-12.00 aimed at secondary age, and a Code Club session from 13.00-15.00 aimed at primary age, our drop-in sessions are an easy way to share ideas, get advice, and learn about digital making and computer science. Come along, chat with the team, learn how easy it is to volunteer or set up a Code Club in your school, and get help with your project from experts and community members. It’s fun for all the family!

STEAM Village talks

We have a range of digital education topics being discussed every day in the STEAM Village, including how to get involved with our Raspberry Pis on the International Space Station, and a panel of robot experts chaired by Doctor Lucy Rogers. See below for our full talk schedule.

WEDNESDAY 13.25-13.55

Topic: Pioneers: Engaging teenagers in digital making, project based learning, and STEAM

All over the world, young people are using digital technologies to make cool stuff and solve problems they care about, having lots of fun in the process. In this session, hear from Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Senior Programme Manager Olympia Brown about the project engaging teens to develop new ideas and share them with the world.

THURSDAY 12:30-13:00

Topic: A Digital Making Curriculum: Bridging the STEAM skills gap through creativity and project-based learning

Resolving complex challenges and creating practical solutions are key skills required in a 21st century workforce. This session, led by STEAM in education experts from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will explore the advantages and practicalities of designing thinking strategies for innovation and project-based learning.

FRIDAY 16:10-16:40

Panel session hosted by Dr Lucy Rogers on behalf of the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Topic: These ARE the droids we’re looking for: How the robotics revolution is inspiring a generation of STEAM makers

Short lightning presentations by robotics educational specialists, and a robot parade! This session provides a dynamic overview of the top robotics initiatives and case studies that schools have adopted and integrated.

SATURDAY 11:20 – 11:50

Topic: Code in Space: Engaging students in computer science

Last year the Raspberry Pi Foundation joined forces with the UK Space Agency, ESA, and the UK Space Trade Association to run a competition called Astro Pi. This gave school-age students in the UK the chance to devise computer science experiments for British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake to run aboard the International Space Station. The competition is now running across all ESA member states. Project lead Dave Honess will discuss the Astro Pi project in more detail and explain how the mission is inspiring a generation of school children to get into STEAM.

More useful links

Picademy: CPD training opportunities for educators

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