Developing Digital Learning with Raspberry Pi

Philip, CoderDojo’s Content lead traveled to Cambridge to work with the Raspberry Pi Foundation team and other professionals to help develop their new digital making learning framework. Here are his insights on the experience:


Untitled design (38)Recently, I took a trip I thought you might be interested in hearing about: Starting at the ungodly hour of five in the morning, I flew over to Cambridge for the day to meet some of the wonderful people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, as well as a group of teachers, volunteers, makers and technical experts. We were there to help review and improve a framework they’ve been working on (and which someone nicknamed the “Pi Chart” — I hope that sticks). It’s a sort of checklist, or roadmap, for learning in computers, making and electronics. I won’t go into much detail here, as it’s not mine to share, but I’m excited to see the next iteration and eventually the finished version.

I got some good ideas out of our discussions for the significantly simpler guidelines I’m trying to come up with for the structure of CoderDojo’s Sushi Card series, to help make it easier to create content for your Dojo that you can share with the whole community, so look out for more on that in the near future!astro_pi


I also met some great people there, including some from Dojos in the UK. I got to see one of the Astro Pi units that they keep in their office (that thing is cool!). The Astro Pi is made of custom machined Aerospace grade aluminium, with a Raspberry Pi inside! I also saw some other awesome little Pi projects they have in there, like a plant that can tweet when it needs to be watered!

I had a great time, even if I was exhausted when I got back to Dublin after midnight (thanks airline delays!), and hope I can take some of what I learned and turn it into something useful for all of you!


#astropi at @raspberrypifoundation A photo posted by Miles Berry (@mgberry) on Jul 14, 2016 at 3:43am PDT

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