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 astro-pi.org
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.