Three words to describe my two days of Picademy training in Baltimore - transformative, learning, growing. It was two days of embracing challenges, persevering through setbacks, and collaborating with incredible educators from all over the US. Through hands-on, minds-on workshops full of learning that led to growth, the whole experience was truly transformative. Sponsored by the Rasberry Pi Foundation whose mission is to bring the power of digital making to people all over the world. They believe, as do I, that the complex problems facing society today and in the future will be solved by people who understand and shape our digital world through innovative solutions.
Here's a brief intro:
Chances are you have heard of the Rasberry Pi. If you are like me, I knew it was a $35 dollar computer and was really intrigued by it, but also intimidated. I had even bought one before Picademy to explore, but found myself asking, Where does one even start? What does it do,exactly? How much coding is necessary? How can I bring this to my students?
Until I recently became a Rasbery Pi certified educator, these were all questions that ran through my head.
So, where does one start? My first full day of working with Raspi involved a series of hands-on sessions:
- make music using Sonic Pi
- build and destroy towers in Minecraft
- program Picamera with Python 3 to take selfies
- operate a motor
- light up LEDs with a button
Here are some helpful guides to get started: