Raspberry Pi in Education Newsletter - Issue 6 - March 2015
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Raspberry Pi in Education


Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team

Raspberry Pi celebrated its 3rd birthday between 28th February and 1st March at the Big Birthday Weekend in Cambridge. 1300 people came to see us at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, where they listened to 24 lecture theatre talks, took part in 14 workshops, shared hundreds of incredible projects made with Pis, and ate 110 pizzas! Lots of our Raspberry Pi Certified Educators made an appearance and talked about their experiences in the classroom since Picademy. Most notably, Sway Grantham gave a fabulous talk about her journey with Pi at Primary along with her Digital Leaders, and Dan Aldred demonstrated the latest version of his Pi Glove. 


Creative Technologists Programme Announced

Here at Raspberry Pi, we are passionate about the Arts as well as the Sciences! Our creative producer Rachel Rayns and our outreach guru Ben Nuttall have just announced a new Creative Technologists programme that is focused on supporting and inspiring young people who are interested in creative uses of technology. 

We are looking for young people aged between 16 and 21 years old who have a creative pursuit that could be enhanced with digital technology. For example, you may know some budding inventors, designers, novelists, filmmakers, musicians or animators. This is the post 16 experience for them!

The 12-month programme consists of:

  • monthly individual and group mentoring sessions, led by Raspberry Pi Foundation staff
  • additional mentoring from industry partners
  • software and hardware project support
  • exhibition opportunities
  • field trips, behind-the-scenes industry visits, exhibitions, events and conferences.

The course is free to attend and each participant will also receive a Raspberry Pi starter kit and a £300 materials grant. The group will receive a £1000 grant for exhibition costs. The Raspberry Pi Foundation will cover travel within the UK, accommodation, entry fees and sustenance on organised field trips and visits to Cambridge hacklabs.

Participants will also have the opportunity to complete Trinity College London’s Arts Award Gold accreditation. A Level 3 Award, the Gold accreditation has a QCF credit value of 15, and 35 UCAS points will be awarded for those who successfully complete the award.

If you know someone who would be perfect for this opportunity then send them along to the link below. The deadline for applications is 30th March 2015 

Be a Creative Technologist

Hack the Computing Curriculum

Computing At School diversity group #include will be running a Hack the Curriculum event for teachers, professionals and academics to collaborate and share expertise in computing and to create interesting computing teaching resources. With a focus on diversity, the event will aim to be inclusive for as many students as possible. Attendees will work with other teachers to share best practices relating to gender, ethnicity, special educational needs, disabilities and pupil premium during the day. 

There will be some exciting speakers, and some of the Raspberry Pi Education Team will be on hand to discuss low-cost computing, use of free software and physical computing in teaching the new curriculum. There will be chance for attendees to get hands-on with Raspberry Pi and even walk away with one for free! 

The event takes place on 18th April at the BCS offices in London and you can get your ticket here

Astro Pi Competition Resources

Schools wishing to take part in the fabulous Astro Pi Competition have until 3rd April 2015 to submit a big idea for an app, game or experiment using a Raspberry Pi to be deployed in space.

We've developed this free Astro Pi worksheet to get the creative juices flowing. Completed worksheets can be submitted to the competition after signing your school up via the competition website 

Two winning teams, from both primary and secondary, will be selected and will receive a class set of Astro Pi boards, get to meet the Astro Pi team, participate in a winners' event, and best of all have their idea flown and run in space by British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake.

Submissions that are also closely related to the suggested themes will have a chance of winning the following prizes:

  • Best submission related to the Spacecraft Sensors theme wins a tour of Surrey Satellite Technology in Guildford. The winning team will get up close with some real satellites before they’re launched into space.
  • Best overall submission in the Primary category will win an image of their school (or club location) from space from one of Airbus Defence and Space’s or Surrey Satellite Technology’s satellites!
  • Best submission related to the Space Measurement category wins two radio controlled clocks traceable to NPL atomic clocks and a half-day trip to the NPL facilities.
  • Best submission related to the Data Fusion theme wins a tour of Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. The winning team will get up close with some real satellites before they’re launched into space.
  • Best submission related to the Space Radiation theme wins a trip to the National Nuclear Laboratory to learn about some of the exciting work being done to support nuclear power, both on Earth and in space.
  • There will be an additional prize for ‘excellence in coding’ to be provided by CGI, including a visit to CGI’s offices in Leatherhead where the winning team will participate in a hackathon-style coding session with CGI’s space software experts.

Picademy North at the National STEM Centre in York!

Once again the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team are taking Picademy, the official Raspberry Pi professional development course for teachers, on the road. This time to the North, thanks to our friends at the National STEM Centre in York!

The National STEM Centre houses the UK’s largest collection of STEM teaching and learning resources, in order to provide teachers of STEM subjects with the ability to access a wide range of high-quality support materials and high quality subject specific CPD, making it a perfect venue for training teachers to become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators to fly the flag for computing education.

Picademy North will take place on 26th and 27th May 2015 and we have space for 24 enthusiastic teachers from Primary, Secondary and Post-16 who are open to getting hands on with their learning and having some fun. 

If you are interested in taking part in this event, complete our Picademy application form.

Keep on computing!
Carrie Anne
Education Pioneer
Raspberry Pi Foundation
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