We've once again crawled out of the crypt to write our annual corpulent compendium of ectoplasm-infused invective: the LEARN newsletter Halloween special. Many evile and wickede misdeeds have happened in this lunar cycle, and we are only too pleased to howl about them in our foul grimoire below.
Wishing you all a ghastly Halloween,
The Raspberry Pi Foundation
Screams from the crypt
Coolest Projects is the world’s leading technology fair for young people. We've announced three exciting 2019 events where young coders can share their projects: one in the UK, one in the US, and an international event in Ireland.
"Just over a year ago, I cautiously took the plunge into computing in the classroom. Having had no prior experience in computing in the primary classroom, I contacted Code Club, attended an information session, and began using their amazing resources. I was hooked! Our first Code Club launched soon afterwards. Its success inspired me to attend Picademy, where I developed the confidence to branch out and get creative with computing. I came back to school inspired and enthused about developing CT in my class."
"It's early in the school year, so I’ve been developing computing language with my students and have introduced them to Scratch. Later, we’ll explore micro:bits and tinker with Python using Sense HATs. Observing my students develop confidence in their abilities is the driving force for me. The excitement that fills the classroom when we engage in a computing lesson is a truly thrilling experience."
"My advice to anyone who is thinking about integrating computer science into their teaching would be not to wait any longer. Start small, join the community, and ask for help. Be sure to check out some of the amazing FutureLearn courses that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has created. For me, these courses and the wealth of resources and support that both the Barefoot CAS and Raspberry Pi communities offer were core to developing my confidence in using CS in my classroom. This year, I’m working towards the BCS Certificate in Computer Science Teaching, and I'm excited to be able to offer support to my colleagues. For me, the journey into the world of computer science is just taking off!"
Beverley is a teacher at a primary school in Northern Ireland. Visit her on Twitter to start a conversation.
Mission Zero starts today!
Mission Zero offers students and young people the chance to have their computer programs run aboard the International Space station! Teams write a simple program to display a message to the astronauts onboard. You don’t need special equipment or coding skills, and all participants that follow the guidelines are guaranteed to have their programs run in space. You will also receive a special certificate showing where exactly the ISS was when your program ran!
Who can take part?
Anyone who is 14 years or younger at the time of submission
In teams of two to four
Supervised by a teacher or mentor
50% of teams’ members need to be based in an ESA Member/Associate Member State