Raspberry Pi in Education
Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Raspberry Pi in Education newsletter. If you're wondering why you're receiving this, it's either because you are one of our valued Raspberry Pi Certified Educators or entered the Raspberry Pi poster competition and indicated you would be interested in hearing about future educational developments. We plan to send out about one message a month on average, but if you do not wish to receive further emails then click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of this page.
Here at Raspberry Pi Headquarters, affectionately known as Pi Towers, the education team has been busy building on our new website with access to learning and teaching resources, and running free Raspberry Pi Academies for Teachers, which you may know better as Picademy. We've also launched a new competition for schools with an ‘Hour of Code’ style resource to help get your students started.
So far, all our Picademy events (Free CPD for teachers) have taken place here at Pi Towers in Cambridge, UK. We enjoy welcoming teachers into our offices to help inspire - and also so that our engineering team can listen to teachers’ suggestions. Last week, we announced our first ever Picademy event on the road; it is going to take place at the Sony Factory in Pencoed, South Wales where Raspberry Pis are manufactured.
We are offering 24 teachers from Wales a place on this two-day training course on 19th & 20th November 2014. If you teach in Wales and would like to apply for one of the places, then please fill out this application form.
In 2015 we will be running lots more Picademies, and we will announce the dates for these on our blog and via this mailing list.
Sonic Pi v2.0 Competition
Sonic Pi is a great way to get creative with music and computing. Sonic Pi has been used to teach both computing lessons at KS2 and 3 in schools in the UK, and in music lessons as part of the Sonic Pi: Live & Coding project (lesson plans coming soon!)
We are running a competition to hunt down the UK's best young musical coding talent from outer space! Create a two-minute piece of music on the theme Space Wonders with Sonic Pi v2.0, and be in with a chance of winning one of hundreds of Raspberry Pi kits for individual students or an entire class, along with workshops with artists Juneau Projects and live coder musician Sam Aaron (who created the Sonic Pi software), for an entire school.
We've created an 'Hour of Code' style lesson plan for your school club or lessons to get students started creating their piece and have extended the deadline till the end of the winter term (details to be added to the website soon). All entires could be in with a chance of winning a prize!
UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge
Another computing competition that you may be interested in is the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge, which is a problem solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking for school children from UK school years 2 & 3 all the way through to years 12 & 13. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science and the contest is completed online in schools under the supervision of teachers. There are similar Bebras events in countries outside of the UK, so be sure to check them out if you can not enter the UK competition.
Registration for this years competition is now open! If you are interested then you can register online. The deadline for registrations is 31st October, 2014 and the competition is free to enter for all schools.
Keep on computing!
Raspberry Pi Foundation