Picademy

Picademy

Picademy offers teachers two full days of hands-on Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops, and attendees become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators. It’s free, and our friends at Google are supporting us to offer it at their Digital Garage venues around the UK. Watch the experiences of attendees at Picademy@Google in Leeds, then find out more and apply at rpf.io/train.

Picademy is the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s flagship FREE teacher-training initiative. Our goal is to give educators the experience and tools they need to teach computing with confidence.

Why Picademy?

Getting started with physical hands-on computing can be daunting. There’s a host of hardware and programming languages, and an array of technical terminology. However, the barrier to getting started is rarely technical proficiency or programming knowledge. Confidence is typically the main issue, and early setbacks can have a huge impact on this.

Picademy aims to give educators the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level of experience. It’s a two-day course that allows educators to experience what can be achieved with a little help and lots of imagination. We are regularly blown away by what our educators create.

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What’s Involved?

Day one involves running through a series of workshops introducing teachers to a range of engaging ways to deliver computing with students. Highlights include using physical computing to control electronic components like LEDs and buttons, coding music with Sonic Pi, and terraforming the world of Minecraft.

On day two, attendees have the opportunity to apply their learning by developing their own project ideas, learning from each other and our experts. Previous projects have included killer robots, Christmas jumpers with twinkling LEDs, bespoke games in Minecraft, and many more. They reinforce the ideas  from day one and also practice decomposing problems, testing, debugging, and building resilience. Our attendees leave as Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, ready to share their new-found enthusiasm with the children they work with and other educators.

The first Picademy USA Cohort! © Douglas Fairbairn Photography / Courtesy of the Computer History Museum

The first Picademy USA Cohort! © Douglas Fairbairn Photography / Computer History Museum

What do I get?

  • Certification, as an official Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, that can be used as evidence for CPD
  • Access to an exclusive, active community of fellow Certified Educators who will help you to continue your own development and pass on your expertise to others
  • A Swag Bag of free equipment including the latest Raspberry Pi
  • VIP, ‘First Look’ access to new Raspberry Pi projects
  • Opportunities to network with inventive, creative and passionate people from around the world
  • A virtual Certified Educator badge for social media and a physical badge for events and conferences

How do I apply?

Click a tile on the top-right side of this page to apply for an event near you.

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