jdot
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Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:01 pm

Looking for a good hands on project that can get the kids interested in Raspberry Pi. Right now my students don't quite understand the concept. If I get some of my advanced students a kit and let them build a project it will attract the others for next year. Do you have suggestions on a kit and possible resources?

B.Goode
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Re: Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:57 pm

Welcome to the Raspberry Pi forums.

Sincerely.

Because I get the impression that my 'pragmatic' approach to trying to resolve issues is sometimes seen as discouraging. Which is a shame, because as a STEM Ambassador I have volunteered time in schools trying to enthuse and give confidence to students and teachers.

So, what is "the concept" that you want your students to 'get'?

What do you want a kit and resources to accomplish? Because if you are already overwhelmed with choice, randomly adding further options can surely only make things worse?

An RPi is a fully-fledged microcomputer capable of running a multi-user time-sharing Operating System. It comes with a set of 26 program-controlled interface pins, referred to as gpio. These allow you to connect a range of add-ons and sensors.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation have a catch-phrase: "What do you want your button to do?"

How can we help?

B.Goode
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Re: Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:23 pm

And some actual practical suggestions:

The Raspberry Pi Foundation have a vast range of RPi-related projects here:
https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/

There is a Teacher's Guide here:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/teachers-guide/

There are Schemes of Work here:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/resources/teach/


For kits. The 3 CamJam EduKits look like amazing value and come with full (and regularly maintained) worksheets. The inventors behind these kits are contributing members of these forums:

http://camjam.me/?page_id=618

jdot
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Re: Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:22 pm

My goal for the Pi is to give the students hands-on projects that create excitement and interest. I'd like to take this in three directions eventually I believe; robotics, circuitry, and programming.

Forris
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Re: Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:36 pm

Ok, let's start from the beginning.

What age are your students?

What coding language do you plan to use?

Are you working to a budget?

What equipment do you have already?

There are loads of resources to achieve want you want, but if we can get some idea of the above, it will be easier to point you in the right direction.

:-)

jdot
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Re: Overwhelmed with kits and resources...

Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:45 pm

Forris wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:36 pm
Ok, let's start from the beginning.

What age are your students?

What coding language do you plan to use?

Are you working to a budget?

What equipment do you have already?

There are loads of resources to achieve want you want, but if we can get some idea of the above, it will be easier to point you in the right direction.

:-)

6-8th grade. 12-14.

Haven't picked a language. Figured Javascript or Python, but I have no real basis for this.

Budget I have three Raspi's currently, one computer lab with 27 windows PCs, one 55inch TV. I have funds I can spend on educational projects, but I need evaluate the gains to gauge how much I'd be willing to spend. I can raise funds by other means as well.

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