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.
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.
From everything published, they are not currently accepting non-teachers for Picademy.
Currently the foundation only do roughly 1 Picademy each month with a maximum of 24 people.
As teachers will have the highest degree of influence with kids, they are the highest priority.
Plus teachers teach teachers so the knowledge can spread.
So in answer to your question, at this time to my knowledge non-teachers are not being accepted for Picademy.
This may change in the near future for all I know, but I doubt it given that there are hundreds of teachers interested.
All the stuff that is taught at Picademy is always available somewhere on the web.
A great place to start your Pi based adventure is the new Raspberry Pi Resources section.
There are a number of great hands on "make" projects and lots of "learn" section activities for learning how to program using the Raspberry Pi.
The Raspberry Pi community is a great and helpful bunch so if you have questions, make sure to ask them. IRC is a great way or via the forums.
Depending on where you live, try and get yourself along to a Raspberry Jam!
These are Raspberry Pi enthusiast meetups and are nearly always also aimed at complete beginners!
They are all over the world!
The Cambridge Raspberry Jam (one of the biggest) or the Southend Raspberry Jam may suit you.
They are a great place to meet Pi experts and get help on projects etc.
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