Raspberry Pi in Education Newsletter - Issue 2 - November
View this email in your browser

Raspberry Pi in Education


Latest news from the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team


This month, the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team are off to Pencoed in South Wales, to visit the factory where Raspberry Pis are manufactured, and to run our first Picademy teacher training course outside Cambridge. Follow the Twitter hashtag #picademy to see what we get up to, and to find out more about our Raspberry Pi Certified Educators programme.

Raspberry Pi Foundation at BETT Show 2015

We are excited to annouce that the Raspberry Pi Foundation Education Team will be at the Bett Show from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th January 2015. We will be making lots of noise about our work to get more young people started with their computing education: we would love you to be a part of it. 

We are looking for Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and other members of our wonderful community to help us run workshops for attendees and to give talks about their Raspberry Pi Journey; or to give demos about projects, and be a part of sharing what we do with teachers and technicians. If you would like to be involved, please complete the form, by clicking on the button below.

Submit your Bett 2015 session

Weather Station Project

Here in Cambridge, the weather can change from being bright and sunny to cold and rainy in the space of a few hours. It can be so interesting that our very own weather man, Dave Honess has built a weather station in our office and is now looking to roll out the project to schools. 

This Raspberry Pi weather station project, sponsored by Oracle, is about to enter its prototype field-testing phase. Twenty units will be distributed to a closed list of participants, who will each set up and deploy a station of their own. These field trials are intended to test the hardware against the elements before we go into full-scale production. Assuming all goes well, we plan to distribute 1000 kits to schools throughout the world.

The final weather stations will be supplied in kit form and will include a Raspberry Pi B+, weather station HAT (a type of add on board for the Raspberry Pi) developed by Dave, and a number of sensors and peripherals to record events, networking together so that your school can be part of a team of schools collecting and analysing weather data together from all over the world. The project also includes a cross-curricular scheme of work to accompany the kit which will allow the teaching of programming, big data, electronics and geography. We aim to have the kits available in the new year, and will be announcing the ability to register your school’s interest before the end of term. Drop by our stand at BETT to learn more or keep an eye out on our blog for more info. 

Hour of Code

It is Hour of Code  week on 8th December 2014 - 14th December 2014. After the success of last year, are looking to get even more people coding for just one hour. If you are looking for a lesson plan or activity that will take roughly an hour and need no previous experience, then look no further than our very own Sonic Pi Competition Lesson. All entries will be in with a chance of winning a prize, and we have extended the deadline to the January 9th 2015.

Sonic Pi is a great way to get creative with music and computing. Sonic Pi has been used to teach computing lessons at KS2 and 3 in schools in the UK, and in music lessons as part of the Sonic Pi: Live & Coding Project.

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.

Be sure to keep an eye on our website and blog. We'll be releasing more Hour of Code resources and Christmas competitions in the coming month.

Keep on computing!

Carrie Anne
Education Pioneer
Raspberry Pi Foundation
Attend a Raspberry Jam event in your area to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other Pi people using our Jam map & calendar. 
Want to get started with Pi in your classroom? Check out our guide for using Raspberry Pi in the Classroom to find solutions to problems you may have.
Win Raspberry Pis for your students and classroom just by taking part in the Sonic Pi 2 Competition. Deadline extended till 9th January 2015.
Copyright © 2014 Raspberry Pi Foundation, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp