Hey Russ, I don't speak for the foundation but from what I can see, the education team is currently incredibly busy with September term start days away.WyteNite wrote:Hi Justin
Well I hope that get more of a response than I did on this issue. I must admit to being very surprised that no-one on these forums seems to have the manners or common decency to at least reply and just tell be to get lost if there will be no course which I can attend, or give me some clue from the "inside" as to where I should be going if this is the case.
Picademy is far from the only thing they do on the charity/education side of things. If they didn't run picademy at all, they would still be short on time.WyteNite wrote: Maybe I am missing something???
""The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity founded in 2009 to promote the study of basic computer science inWyteNite wrote:But we are in a commercial world here. If they are overworked, and more work = more turnover = more profit = business expansion = success! then I would have thought that recruitment would be a better answer then "too busy". Isn't that how we developed from counting on our fingers to where we are now (counting on our toes as well
I can assure you that the Raspberry Pi Foundation and its charities considers many such options. Further discussion on this should really go in another thread. A few points I'd make:WyteNite wrote:AgeUK, like many other charities, runs shops to raise funds for their main activities. All I am suggesting is that consideration could be given by the RPi Foundation to utilising their existing staff and volunteer expertise to run commercial courses to raise additional funds. Would not this then be a great benefit to the main Academy activities and potentially allow them to expand?
I think with 3 million units sold the foundations finances are well in the black. I'm also sure that the people at the foundation responsible for financial matters and planning are quite able to do their jobs without the benefits of your insights into the running of charity shops !WyteNite wrote:How does running a charity shop align with a charity's stated aim? It brings in much needed funds to help with whatever its aims are! Aims are always easier to achieve when cash flows are positive. Believe me, I have been a charity trustee, and most of the meetings were taken up with finance issues!!!
The market will always remain small because the PI is not a mass market or consummer product.
I think that there are probably two issues which stop the mainline training providers getting involved.
1) The market is as yet small, so they have not noticed it.
I doubt that very much. It has some of the high profile ones for sure, but there is (and has been for some time now) a growing band of teachers out in schools. Look at CAS for example, and also the indreasing number of STEM ambasadors and the like.2) The Picademy probably has the bulk of experienced trainers in the field.
Spot on, thank you Peter. Picademy is about building teachers' confidence, good teaching practice and the practical use of Pis in the classroom.PeterO wrote:...And to be honest there is nothing special about using or programming a PI that any half competent engineer or programmer couldn't pick up by reading the code examples or by reading one of the several PI related books. And for less experienced people wanting to get into using the PI there are Pi Jams and Maker events and forums like this one where they can get help.
The Pi Academy is for teachers, its focus would not be appropriate for delivery to non-teachers.
We are considering this plus other options.WyteNite wrote:... All I am suggesting is that consideration could be given by the RPi Foundation to utilising their existing staff and volunteer expertise to run commercial courses...
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