Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team
This last month has been incredibly exciting, as we've been eagerly anticipating two important dates in our Astro Pi project: over the last two weeks we've seen the first Raspberry Pi computers in space and celebrated the successful launch of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake! We've announced Manchester as the next location of our Picademy@Google CPD programme, which you can attend for FREE. And we're now hard at work preparing an amazing array of talks, workshops and more for this year's Bett Show at ExCeL London (20-23 January).
First Raspberry Pi in space
After months of planning, the moment when our two Astro Pi units left planet Earth finally arrived. We watched their progress as they were prepared and loaded into a Cygnus resupply capsule on top of an Atlas V rocket. They finally began their journey on 6 December when they launched from Cape Canaveral, and later berthed with the International Space Station. The next step in their mission will be their deployment to two locations on board the ISS, from which they'll be running computing projects written by UK schoolchildren.
Brit in space
On 15 December the Foundation team spent the day at the Science Museum in London, watching and celebrating ESA Astronaut Tim Peake's journey to the ISS, where he was reunited with the two AstroPi units that were sent up a few weeks before.
Tim will be running various experiments with the Astro Pis, all created by UK schoolchildren, so we thought we'd use the opportunity to teach the public a little bit about the mission and how the Raspberry Pis will be used.
The moment Tim had left the atmosphere, we were booting up Raspberry Pis with Sense HATs and showing groups of children, parents, teachers and curious members of the public all the amazing things you can do with a Pi. We had Sense HATS displaying encouraging messages to Tim, reading all kinds of environmental data, and even playing a few games of Snake.
We went on, long into the evening, as the audience became older but the enthusiasm never waned, and those who came to the evening party took up the coding challenge and experimented with the Sense HATs.
Picademy@Google in Manchester
Thanks to the generosity and support of our friends at Google, teachers can now register their interest below for free Raspberry Pi Continued Professional Development (CPD) hosted at Google’s new venue, the Digital Garage in Manchester.
The two-day Picademy courses will be run by a hand-picked group of highly experienced educators and community members, and are a mix of hands-on making, project-based learning and general hacking (think Picademy meets Raspberry Jam!).
If you'd like to attend, you can register your interest by clicking the button below. As soon as dates become available, we'll be in touch.
Bett 2016 is just around the corner, and the Raspberry Pi Education team will be there every day showcasing projects and free resources, delivering hands-on workshops, and talking about computing education. The Bett Show will run from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 January 2016, with a special Raspberry Jam event taking place on Saturday 23rd inside Bett!
As ever, we hope to be joined by members of our fabulous community sharing their experiences of computing and digital making in education. We'd love you to be part of what we do at Bett 2016 and we hope loads of you visit us and take part. If you're interested in volunteering, presenting or running a workshop, just click the button below and complete the form. We'll be putting together a schedule and sharing it in early January.