Girls have fun with Pi - taking Raspberry Pi to the classroom
Last week saw the Raspberry Pi engaging young people with computing at an event at Fairfield High School for Girls in Tameside. It's great to see how well the Pi goes down with young people, the folks it was designed for!
The pupils got to grips with both Python and Scratch, with basic interfacing and control building games and reaction timers. The now famous Twitter Chicken also made an appearance and was well received, with the students wanting to build their own.
To see for yourselves view the video online:
The workshop was organised by Miss Nisbet, Head of IT, after she came to our first CPD/networking event at the Museum of Science and Industry back in October, http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/2264.
We were really pleased when the workshops were a huge hit with a number of teachers, and STEM Ambassadors alike. The latest workshop was supported by Mike Sanders, a STEM Ambassador, and employee of Waters who helped with technical support as well as showing the importance of computing in industry and as a career.
Dr. Andrew Robinson (the creator of Pi Face) commented:
“We found the event really positive – the energy and enthusiasm of the youngsters have spurred us on to do more workshops. Some teachers we've met have concerns about using Raspberry Pi in the classroom but this shows it’s possible. The main thing is to experiment, give things a go and then find a way around challenges when they occur. We've got more workshops planned after Christmas- One school is working with a team of Ambassadors for a near-space mission, with others building robots and mobile apps."
The Pi team want to package up materials from the workshops, together with experiences using Raspberry Pi in classrooms and practical ways to manage it. They expect to get the step-by-step guide to building the 'techno bird box' out after Christmas, ready for spring nesting season!