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Hey folks, Rob here! What a busy month it’s been at The MagPi HQ. While we’ve been replying to your tweets, answering questions on YouTube and fiddling with our AIY Voice Project kits, we’ve managed to put together a whole new magazine for you, with issue 58 of the official Raspberry Pi magazine out in … Continue reading →
In this resource you will connect a Python script to a Sonic Pi script to allow communication between the programs. Then you can use your Python skills to construct a large piano in Minecraft, which will play notes when the keys are stepped on. … Continue reading →
We’re back again with yet another amazing book in our Essentials series. We know you love them, and we also know that a lot of you love Minecraft. So here is Hacking and Making with Minecraft, the best place to learn about how to mod Minecraft Pi using the power of code. Hacking and Making … Continue reading →
In this resource you will use the Pi Camera to take low-resolution selfies, and then with some additional Python code you will render the image using blocks in Minecraft. … Continue reading →
RealVNC have released a free alpha (testing) version of VNC for Raspberry Pi that lets you remotely view and control everything on your Pi, including Minecraft, from a different computer. It works on every generation of Raspberry Pi, including Pi Zero. Here’s a demo: VNC for Raspberry Pi alpha – playing Minecraft With the VNC … Continue reading →
In this resource you will explore SpaceCRAFT, the primary school winning entry in the Astro Pi competition. SpaceCRAFT was conceived by Hannah Belshaw of Cumnor Girls School and created by Martin O’Hanlon for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and is a way of viewing data captured by the Astro Pi computer on the ISS using Minecraft. … Continue reading →
The New Year 2016 edition of the official Raspberry Pi magazine is out now! For many of our new readers this marks the magazine’s ‘difficult second album’, which begs the question: how do you top the first magazine in history to to give away a free computer on its cover? Obviously, we can’t, but what we can do is … Continue reading →
Use the Sense HAT to create a map of the world around your player in Minecraft: Pi Edition. Explore the Sense HAT’s LED matrix using its Python library, look at the block types and colours in the world of Minecraft Pi, and learn to make a map of Minecraft on your Sense HAT. … Continue reading →
Build a photobooth out of blocks in Minecraft, and program it to take a picture of you (in real life!) when you walk into it. … Continue reading →
At Raspberry Pi, we’re interested in many of the different ways that computers and education converge. To hear more about a new approach, I’ve invited Mark Pavlyukovskyy to write about his project, Piper, which you can find on Kickstarter now. Here’s Mark: I was a junior in college when I first heard about the Raspberry … Continue reading →
The game you are going to create is called “Whac-a-Block”, inspired by the original arcade game “Whac-a-Mole”. The objective of the game is to whack (or hit with a sword) the blocks that light up as glowstone, and turn them back to stone. … Continue reading →
Martin O’Hanlon and David Whale will be familiar to many readers of this blog, whether from the excellent Raspberry Pi and Minecraft resources they’ve authored or from their work with schools, code clubs and Raspberry Jams. Now they’ve teamed up to write a fantastic new book, hot off the press this week. Adventures in Minecraft … Continue reading →
Ferran Fabregas worked out a couple of months ago how to render .jpg images in the Minecraft world using Minecraft Pi Edition. Our logo seemed an obvious place to start. And Ferran has just made that good idea an absolutely fantastic idea, by adapting it to render images captured in real time from a Pi Camera. Here’s … Continue reading →
No … we’re not adding a Start Menu or a paperclip assistant. This update has nothing to do with Microsoft’s acquisition of Mojang. See the note below for information about this. You may remember when Mojang released Minecraft: Pi edition for free on Raspberry Pi back in early 2013. If you’re unfamiliar, Minecraft is a popular sandbox … Continue reading →
We think Craig Richardson’s brilliant. His Python Programming for Raspberry Pi book (available as a free download) remains one of the very best tools for stealthily teaching rigorous and useful computing concepts and programming tricks to kids that we’ve seen. Kids love Craig’s resources (we’ve found it hard to make them stop working and pack up to go home when … Continue reading →
After a workshop last week, Clive, our Director of Educational Development, sent me the following in an email: A parent came up to me, and said: “I’m concerned that on Minecraft you can blow things up with TNT, it’s all about destruction, I’m worried about the effect on children…” If you ever want to make … Continue reading →
In this resource you will explore the virtual world of Minecraft Pi, the special edition of Minecraft made for Raspberry Pi. You will learn how to control the player, manually build with blocks and use the Python interface to manipulate the world around you. … Continue reading →
The first question people usually ask upon meeting me is, “Can you ride a pig?” I’ve never worked out if they mean in Minecraft or in real life. The second question is, “Can you run a Minecraft server on the Raspberry Pi?” The answer to both is, of course, “Yes”. Edwin Jones (EdwinJ85 on the … Continue reading →
You thought that we’d finished, didn’t you? You thought that I’d gone to bed to dream of building diamond cubes using nested loops. Think again! Tobias Hübner tells us how he has been using Raspberry Pi Minecraft in the classrooom (including interfacing using the GPIO pins) . In particular Tobias has produced some fantastic documentation, ostensibly … Continue reading →
I met Craig Richardson at Newcastle Maker Faire and we got to talking about teaching using Raspberry Pi Minecraft. For a while I’d harboured a plan to write some proper teaching resources for it and had scribbled a few notes but hadn’t had time to develop it. Craig had had the same idea – yes, … Continue reading →
Raspberry Pi Mineday is upon us and there’s just time before Liz comes back and kicks me off for messing about to get in a few posts about one of my pet subjects — learning through play. In this case, learning through playing Minecraft. Hurrah!  I can sometimes be found playing the Xbox version in … Continue reading →
Last week I ran a short session at Campus London with a roomful of students from local schools. Only one of the students had seen a Raspberry Pi before and only a couple had used a command line interface or seen a computer program. In just over an hour they learned how to set up … Continue reading →
If you’re a Minecraft fan and a Pi owner, you’ve probably already downloaded a copy of Minecraft: Pi Edition. But are you getting the most out of the fact that you can modify the world with code in-game? If you’re not sure where to start, or if you’re looking for ideas (sometimes being given a … Continue reading →
OK – I said I wasn’t going to post again until I was back in the UK, but I just opened my laptop to check my mail at the airport and found something that really couldn’t wait. The folks from Mojang have finished the Minecraft: Pi Edition port, and it’s available for download now. For … Continue reading →
As you’ll know (unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, or very busy wrapping presents), we’re expecting to see the release of Minecraft: Pi Edition from Mojang very soon. Daniel Bates, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Undercover Minecraft Operative, has put together a video demo of how … Continue reading →
We’ve had loads of questions about the upcoming Minecraft: Pi Edition over the last couple of days. We sent Daniel Bates, one of the University of Cambridge PhD candidates who volunteers for Raspberry Pi, to Disneyland Paris to join Mojang for their announcement at MineCon on Saturday. He got back yesterday with some video and … Continue reading →
There’s a question that we’ve been asked almost every day by someone or other – does the Raspberry Pi run Minecraft? It does now – and you’ll be able to download and play it yourself very soon. We sent a bunch of boards out to Notch and the guys at Mojang in Stockholm a little … Continue reading →
Education is our mission at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so of course we love tools that help teachers and other educators use Raspberry Pis in a classroom setting. PiNet, which allows teachers to centrally manage a whole classroom’s worth of Pis, makes administrating a fleet of Pis easier. Set up individual student accounts, install updates … Continue reading →
What is Picademy? Picademy is a two-day course that engages educators in digital making. Through a series of workshops on Day 1, participants are introduced a range of engaging computing activities. 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 … Continue reading →
We are very excited to announce that issue 2 of Hello World is out today! Hello World is our magazine about computing and digital making, written by educators, for educators. It is a collaboration between the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Computing at School, part of the British Computing Society. We’ve been extremely fortunate to be granted an exclusive interview … Continue reading →
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Julia is a free and open-source general purpose programming language made specifically for scientific computing. It combines the ease of writing in high-level languages like Python and Ruby with the technical power of MATLAB and Mathematica and the speed of C. Julia is ideal for university-level scientific programming and it’s used in research. Some time … Continue reading →
We’re extremely excited to share with you the latest issue of The MagPi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine. It’s a very special issue bundled with an exclusive project kit from Google. Called AIY Projects, the free hardware kit enables you to add voice interaction to your Raspberry Pi projects. The first AIY Projects kits are … Continue reading →
** The Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Newsletter ———————————————————— https://www.facebook.com/raspberrypi Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/raspberrypi) https://twitter.com/Raspberry_Pi Twitter (https://twitter.com/Raspberry_Pi) http://www.raspberrypi.org Website (http://www.raspberrypi.org) https://www.instagram.com/raspberrypifoundation/?hl=en Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/raspberrypifoundation/?hl=en) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFIjVWFZ__KhtTXHDJ7vgng YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFIjVWFZ__KhtTXHDJ7vgng) ** News ———————————————————— The Pioneers programme winners are announced! Check out the awesome project entries for our first Pioneers challenge: ‘Make Us Laugh’. Find out more (https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pioneers-winners-make-us-laugh/) Thomas Pesquet congratulates Astro Pi … Continue reading →
In case you missed it: in yesterday’s post, we released our Raspberry Jam Guidebook, a new Jam branding pack and some more resources to help people set up their own Raspberry Pi community events. Today I’m sharing some insights from Jams I’ve attended recently. Preston Raspberry Jam The Preston Jam is one of the most … Continue reading →
It’s the fourteenth day of the third month! And if you’re a Brit, that means absolutely nothing. But take that date, flip reverse it like you’re American, and BOOM! It’s 3.14 or, as the cool kids call it, Pi Day. In honour of this wonderful day, here are some awesome Pi/pie/π doohickies that we hope you’ll … Continue reading →
In today’s guest blog, Andy Clark, Engineering Manager at RealVNC, introduces VNC Connect: a brand-new, and free, version of VNC that makes it simple to connect securely to your Raspberry Pi from anywhere in the world. Since September 2016, every version of Raspbian has come with the built-in ability to remotely access and control your … Continue reading →
Raspberry Pi Certified Educator Grace Owolade-Coombes runs the fantastically inclusive South London Raspberry Jam with her son Femi. In this guest post, she gives us the low-down on how the Jam got started. Enjoy! Our Jam has been running for over a year now; we’ve had three really big events and one smaller family hack day. Let me … Continue reading →
Happy new year to everyone! We’re back with a new programme of Picademy events for 2017. All our UK events have been scheduled up to the end of the year, so you can look ahead and choose something at a location and date that is convenient. For the uninitiated, Picademy is a free CPD programme that … Continue reading →
Note: The elves at Pi Towers are all taking next week off to spend some time with their families, and this blog will be quiet for the week. We’ll be back at the start of January. Happy holidays! Happy 25th of December, everybody! If you’re one of the many who woke up this morning to find … Continue reading →
  Our vision in establishing the Raspberry Pi Foundation was that everyone should be able to afford their own programmable general-purpose computer. The intention has always been that the Raspberry Pi should be a full-featured desktop computer at a $35 price point. In support of this, and in parallel with our hardware development efforts, we’ve … Continue reading →
We recently created two free online CPD training courses that are available to anyone, anywhere in the world. The courses will run alongside our current live training offerings, Picademy and Skycademy, and are facilitated by FutureLearn, a leading platform for online educational training. Our courses begin on 20 February 2017, but you can sign up … Continue reading →
Hello there! Did you get up to anything for Hour of Code this week? We had a great time here at Pi Towers, introducing people both young and old to Scratch, Minecraft, the Camera Module, animation, and much more. It was a wonderful experience to watch people write their first line of code and to see … Continue reading →
This column is from The MagPi issue 49. You can download a PDF of the full issue for free, or subscribe to receive the print edition in your mailbox or the digital edition on your tablet. All proceeds from the print and digital editions help the Raspberry Pi Foundation achieve its charitable goals. Zach Igielman Category: … Continue reading →
Feeling stuck for what to buy the beloved maker in your life? Maybe your niece wants to get into Minecraft hacking, or your Dad fancies his hand at home automation on a budget? Maybe you’ve seen Raspberry Pi in the news and figure it would be a fun activity for the family, or you’re stuck for … Continue reading →
MozFest, or Mozilla Festival, is an annual celebration of the Mozilla community and the wider open internet movement. People from all over the world gather to explore ways of making the internet a resource that’s open and inclusive to all. This year MozFest was held at Ravensbourne College in London from Friday 28 – Sunday … Continue reading →
Raspberry Pi in Education The latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation for the educator community Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter. This month, we bring you news of two competitions, gear giveaways, event reports, and free magazines chock-full of resources to download. We hope you have a great November: we’ve got some … Continue reading →
We did a bit of a count recently and it turns out that The MagPi magazine has produced more than 3,200 pages of Raspberry Pi-related reading. That’s a lot of quality content (even if I do say so myself). While we’re rather proud of this achievement, we’re also very aware of the fact that these lovingly crafted collections of … Continue reading →
If there’s one thing we’re passionate about here at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it’s sharing our community’s passion for making with technology. Back in January, the Education team exhibited at the Bett Show with a special Educator’s Edition of our fabulous magazine, The MagPi. The goal was to share our projects and programmes with educators who … Continue reading →
The latest blood-curdling screams from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team Greetings, denizens of the education underworld. It is with deepest sympathies that we inform you of our October Halloween edition of the Education Newsletter.   Do you dare read on to discover what foul tracts lurk within these pages? Are you weak of constitution … Continue reading →
In this resource, you will use a micro:bit to help (or sabotage!) Steve in Minecraft by connecting the pins on your micro:bit to the General-Purpose Input/Output (GPIO) pins on a Raspberry Pi using some cables and crocodile clips. Then, using Python, you will write programs to detect motion from the micro:bit’s accelerometer and make Steve … Continue reading →
Welcome to our September ‘back to school’ edition of the Education Newsletter. Did you miss us? We’ve been super busy over the summer working on some secret projects featuring [redacted] that will be available on [redacted]. That’s all we can tell you right now. In our experience, returning to school evokes mixed feelings of excitement … Continue reading →
Less than a month has passed since we released Hacking & Making in Minecraft and we’re back again with our seventh Essentials book! Simple Electronics with GPIO Zero is dedicated to helping you build your own electronics projects in easy steps – everything from push buttons to Raspberry Pi robots, and from laser-powered trip wires to motion-sensing alarms. The book boasts 12 chapters and … Continue reading →
It’s Friday! We’ve had a great week at Pi Towers, catching up with all your latest builds while planning our entry for Pi Wars 3.0. Fancy building your own network of rustic drum speakers? How about a pan-and-tilt surveillance system to see what those drums get up to when you’re not home?* Matt Richardson went … Continue reading →
Welcome to Friday. Bees. Bees are our friends, and the team at the Hive Project are doing all they can to help our hard-working friends thrive with an electric beehive. On top of this, the team at The MagPi have produced a brand new Essentials Guide, helping you make the most out of the world of … Continue reading →
Hello and welcome to the June edition of our education newsletter. When reflecting on the impact that Raspberry Pi has made on computing education in the last four years, I’m reminded of Tim Urban’s wonderful blog, Wait But Why. In one passage, he talks about Henry Ford and the motoring industry: “Ford didn’t just build … Continue reading →
Here’s a really neat solution from the inestimable Dan “PiGlove, mind where you put the capitals” Aldred. If you’re not able to get to another screen or monitor, or if you’re on the move, this is a very tidy way to get set up. Programming the Pi over USB A comprehensive video covering how to set … Continue reading →
It’s nearly two years since Computing became a subject for all children in England to study, and we’re now seeing some amazing work to bring opportunities for digital making into schools. Recently I visited Eastwood Academy in Southend-on-Sea, where teacher Lucas Abbot has created a digital making room, and built a community of young programmers … Continue reading →
This weekend Philip and I went to Dublin to attend CoderDojo Coolest Projects. We got to meet hundreds of brilliant young digital makers and amazing volunteers. As the event kicked off the news broke that Tim Peake had landed safely back on Earth, which meant Philip had to make some last minute changes to his … Continue reading →
In April 2014, we ran our first ever training event for teachers. We called it ‘Picademy‘, selected 24 fabulous teachers to attend, and gave them a qualification and a very special badge at the end. Our aim was to give teachers the skills and knowledge they need to get creative with computing, no matter what their level … Continue reading →
Raspberry Pi in Education ———————————————————— ** Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team ———————————————————— Hello and welcome to the May edition of our Education newsletter. You’re probably wondering where our March and April editions got to. In truth, we’ve been so busy creating and growing new projects that we haven’t had the time … Continue reading →
Hello all, Last weekend we held our second Picademy event in the USA at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. A few days later, we announced that our next USA Picademy will take place in Baltimore in August, coming to the east coast for the first time. Applications for places are open now. … Continue reading →
It’s four o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and, in an old Victorian library in a small town in South Wales, big things are happening. The computer room is crammed with children, all intently focused and engaged. Working independently or in pairs, they are building games and animations in Scratch. This is the Penarth Library Code … Continue reading →
On Monday 29 February, we celebrated the fourth (or first) birthday of the Raspberry Pi computer by giving a little gift to the community in the form of the Raspberry Pi 3.  A lot more power, with built in wireless LAN and Bluetooth, for the same great price of $35. On 5 and 6 March, … Continue reading →
One of the most unique and expressive teaching tools on the Raspberry Pi is Sonic Pi, the live music coding app. It lets you create your own sound your own way, and modify it on the fly in case you’re DJing an event (happens to us all the time). All of this is done in … Continue reading →
As you may remember from earlier in the week, the Raspberry Pi 3 is here! The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is the most powerful one yet, and brings with it a whole host of new features such as wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. In issue 43 of The MagPi, we … Continue reading →
We think there’s something in the water in Southend on Sea, on the east coast of England: there’s a really flourishing local Raspberry Pi community there, with a very busy Raspberry Jam (follow them on Twitter), a pretty Pi-centric weekly Linux User Group (SoSLUG), and a small army of Pi users we seem to bump into regularly … Continue reading →
It was great to meet so many people who stopped to have a chat at our stand at the BETT Show in January. We were showing off our free resources, free software, free training and ways to win free Raspberry Pis for the classroom. Thanks to our wonderful community, we had Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, students, and … Continue reading →
Happy new year! 2015 has so far brought the education team at Raspberry Pi two colds and one case of flu, but we’ve not let illness stand in our way to ensuring that 2015 is our most educational yet! We have a very exciting competition announcement, and more information about our coming spectacular stand at … Continue reading →
Teachers! Become the envy of your maker friends and colleagues by signing up to Picademy@Google Manchester, our free, two-day, professional development experience for professional educators. We will give you the tools and confidence to create inspiring physical computing projects and lessons using the Raspberry Pi. Thanks to our partnership with Google, the event is free to … Continue reading →
We’re taking some time off over the Christmas break to spend some time with our families – we’ll be back again on Jan 4! If you woke up this morning to find a Raspberry Pi stuffed into your Christmas stocking then you’ve come to the right place. Hurrah! (And if—like mine—your stocking contained a desiccated … Continue reading →
On Saturday, over 100 educators, STEM ambassadors and children attended the Raspberry Pi Day at the University of Strathclyde. The brainchild of Dr William Bell (who did a lot of the heavy lifting when the MagPi was still published by volunteers), it’s the second Pi event to be held in Glasgow this year, and was … Continue reading →
Don’t stress about it: like you, nobody here has finished their Christmas shopping either. Here’s our annual roundup of the best presents for the Raspberry Pi fan in your life, so you can make them grateful to you all year long. First, and most obviously, we recommend you buy a Raspberry Pi 2 for any Pi-lover who … Continue reading →
Control your Raspberry Pi with paint – perfect for all ages! The DOTs Board is an official Raspberry Pi product designed by Foundation’s Creative Producer, Rachel Rayns. It’s been used by the Foundation team at events all over the world in 2015 – and now you can buy one yourself. We are really excited to have … Continue reading →
Control your Raspberry Pi with paint – Perfect for all ages! The DOTs Board is an official Raspberry Pi product designed by Foundation’s Creative Producer, Rachel Rayns. It’s been used by the Foundation team at events all over the world in 2015 – and now you can buy one yourself. We are really excited to have … Continue reading →
Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most important. Even in the developed world, a programmable computer is a luxury item for a lot of people, and every extra dollar that we ask someone to spend decreases the chance that they’ll choose … Continue reading →
Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative to get as many people as possible to have a go at programming computers. Each December for the past couple of years, educators, tech businesses and non-profits alike have made a big push to get kids and adults to try their hand at writing a few lines of … Continue reading →
For the last three years I’ve been visiting the University of York Computer Science building on the last day of Freshers’ Week to see what the new entrants have been doing with Raspberry Pi. York is using the Pi to help get the students started with computing (for those whose contact has been limited to … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, Dave Honess mentioned that there would be lots of brilliant Raspberry Pi activities at MozFest this year, thanks to a huge amount of organising effort from Raspberry Pi Creative Technologist Andrew Mulholland – Andrew, we’re really grateful for all the hard work you put in to make everything run smoothly! MozFest … Continue reading →
Like many institutions, Barclays Bank recognises that digital literacy is an essential component of modern life. It was for this reason that, back in 2013, the bank launched its Digital Eagles initiative. Branch volunteers offered to give up their time and skills to teach members of the community how to get online, perform web searches, … Continue reading →
Friday was an exciting day for the Astro Pi mission, which will see British ESA astronaut Tim Peake operate two Astro Pi flight units, each one containing a Raspberry Pi and a Sense HAT, on board the International Space Station! Tim will use the Astro Pis to run experiments and applications designed by UK school … Continue reading →
This year Mozilla Festival is taking place at Ravensbourne College in London (next to the O2 arena) on 7-8 November. Map here. This is Mozilla’s annual hands-on festival (affectionately known as MozFest) and is dedicated to forging the future of the open Web. It’s where passionate technologists, educators and creators unite to hack on innovative … Continue reading →
It’s Halloween this Saturday, and people have been showing off their spooky Raspberry Pi projects as they prepare to startle the heck out of friends, neighbours and fellow party-goers. We thought we’d share a few of our favourites so far. We’ve also got some great suggestions for you if you don’t yet have a petrifying … Continue reading →
James Mitchell, who for the past year and a bit has been organising a mean Raspberry Jam Berlin, kindly agreed to represent Raspberry Pi at Maker Faire Berlin 2015 last weekend. It was the first continental European Maker Faire that Raspberry Pi has been to, and it was a fantastic event! Here is James’ round-up … Continue reading →
PyConUK is one of the Education Team’s favourite events of the year. We love the fact that as well as being a great community developer event, they also run an Education track for kids and teachers to learn and share. It started with one of the organisers, Zeth, humorously holding up a wall clock saying … Continue reading →
If you follow us on Twitter, you may have seen some pictures of me standing next to important looking people in suits, handing out Raspberry Pi kits on Tuesday. This was the launch event for an educational project we’ve been working on with the British Embassy in Tallinn over the last few months. Back in … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago Matt Timmons-Brown, The Raspberry Pi Guy, visited Pi Towers to interview Raspberry Pi Trading CEO Eben Upton. Over the course of an hour and a half, Matt drew Eben’s detailed answers on some of the topics that hundreds of you put forward in response to a call for questions. When might … Continue reading →
Yesterday we welcomed a new member of staff to the Foundation’s growing Education Team. Marc Scott is a former teacher, joining as our new Head of Curriculum. Marc used to run a Raspberry Pi and Minecraft club at his old school, where he taught Computer Science, and Systems and Control. Marc also used to write all his … Continue reading →
It’s with an almost rude amount of excitement I can announce that issue 36 of the Official Raspberry Pi Magazine, The MagPi, is here! It’s bigger and – dare I say it – better than ever too, with 100 pages of amazing projects, interviews, features, tutorials and reviews. It’s not just here in the virtual – download … Continue reading →
This year we’ve seen an explosion of Raspberry Pi Certified Educators thanks to the number of free teacher training events called ‘Picademy’ that we’ve been able to facilitate. Aside from our own in-house training, there have been five regional Picademies, three of which have taken place in Google’s Digital Garage in Leeds. Thanks to the … Continue reading →
Carrie Anne looked over my shoulder when I was researching this post. “I love kids with tools.” These particular kids with tools are using traditional wooden mallets and punches to make a very special set of punchcards, which they’re reading with a Raspberry Pi that creates a CSV file of 0s and 1s, and then interprets that … Continue reading →
Just over a week ago now we closed the secondary school phase of the Astro Pi competition after a one week extension to the deadline. Students from all over the UK have uploaded their code hoping that British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake will run it on the ISS later this year! Last week folks from … Continue reading →
Here at Pi Towers, Astro Pi fever is taking hold! Over the last few weeks there have been a number of things happening which we’re really excited about, so it’s time for an update. The first and most crucial bit of news for those of you furiously writing your competition entries is that you now … Continue reading →
When we were at SXSW Create in Austin back in March, teaching hundreds of kids about Bash script, we met a young lady called Katie. Katie looks unassuming, but she’s actually an evil genius. Some of the other kids we talked to during the three-day event hadn’t done a huge amount with a Raspberry Pi before (although … Continue reading →
Hopefully the dust has now settled on the first batch of changes to the Raspbian desktop which were made available at Christmas, and you’ve either a) decided you like them, or b) decided you hate them and have rolled back to a previous version, never to upgrade again. If you are in group b), I … Continue reading →
Time for an Astro Pi update! The ‘big idea’ phase of the competition, where students were only required to submit an idea, closed at the beginning of April. The fully anonymised judging process took place over two long days at York’s National STEM Centre on the 17th of April. Judging in progress! pic.twitter.com/DJ9deazCYn — Astro … Continue reading →
I can’t believe we’re on our third issue of the new MagPi already. Your free Raspberry Pi magazine is ready to download here. This month’s magazine is a doozy, with 70 pages of tutorials, some incredible projects to build, reviews, and much, much more. One feature in this month’s magazine has me jumping up and … Continue reading →
This week PyCon is going on in Montreal – it’s the big worldwide Python conference – and for the occasion, O’Reilly asked our friend Nicholas Tollervey to write a free short book on Python in Education. The book tells the story of Python, why Python is a good language for learning, how its community gives … Continue reading →
Martin O’Hanlon is a co-author of Adventures in Minecraft which we featured back in November. The book’s full of incredible projects you can do with Minecraft, involving learning programming skills through building structures and interactive applications within the Minecraft world using the Python API provided in Minecraft: Pi Edition. We don’t know how he comes … Continue reading →
From Hawaii to New York City and beyond, Pi Day will be here this Saturday, March 14th. To celebrate, there are a bunch of Raspberry Pi events happening across the United States and all over the world. Some of these are big affairs, like at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and others … Continue reading →