Raspberry Pi Teachers' Workshop
Learn Physical Computing with the Raspberry Pi
Next Workshop: Saturday, March 21, 2020
The College of Computing and Software Engineering announces a free, one-day Raspberry Pi workshop for K-12 teachers. The workshop includes a Raspberry Pi single-board computer and parts kit for you to use in your classroom. Workshops are offered twice a year in fall and spring. Application is competitive and attendance is limited to 21 at each session.
We believe that physical computing and digital making are for everyone regardless of their background or prior experience. This one-day workshop provides educators with the knowledge and skills they need to teach computing with confidence, creativity, and excitement. If you’re an educator interested in bringing digital making and computing to your learners then this workshop is for you!
What is a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer you can hold in your hand. You can use it to teach programming, but it’s also literally open, so you can do things like attach LEDs, sensors, and even motors, and control them with code. (You'll need more than the computer itself. A complete kit for a classroom costs $80-100, and you will also need monitors and keyboards. Teachers who attend the workshop will receive one kit free.)
What will we do?
You will complete a "guided experimentation" project with a Raspberry Pi, then design and complete a project of your own. Finally, you will work with others to complete a group project of your own design. This is your opportunity to apply creativity to see the ways you can use these skills in your classroom. At the conclusion of the workshop, you will take the Raspberry Pi and parts kit home to use in your classroom. The workshop slides and handouts will be available for you to modify and use in your classes. Support material is available on the KSU and Raspberry Pi Foundation web pages. Participants are invited to join an online forum; the workshop organizer will be available to answer questions, and you'll get information on how other teachers are using the Raspberry Pi.
- 8:15 – 8:45 Check-in and continental breakfast
- 8:45 – 9:30 Introductions, overview of Raspberry Pi; set up your Pi
- 9:30 – 9:45 Familiarization with parts pack
- 9:45 – 12:00 Physical computing – projects with LEDs and buttons (breaks as needed)
- 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch and networking
- 12:45 – 2:00 Original project with LEDs, sensors, buttons, buzzers
- 2:00 – 2:15 Break
- 2:15 – 3:45 Group projects; breaks as needed
- 3:45 – 4:00 Attendees present and discuss projects
- 4:00 – 4:15 Minecraft and Music and Motors and HATs
- 4:15 – 4:30 Wrap-up, presentation of certificates.
Key details and link to application
Cost: Free. A commitment to attend for the entire day is required.
Time: One day, 8:15–4:30, on Saturday, March 21.
Who: K–12 classroom teachers and others who work directly with K-12 students..
What: Digital making and physical computing with the Raspberry Pi.
Where: Kennesaw State University’s Marietta campus, 1100 South Marietta Parkway.
Downloadable workshop flyer
Applications: Apply for the March 21, 2020 workshop by completing this form. Applications are competitive, and applying does not guarantee a place in the workshop.
Questions? Write to workshop facilitator Dr. Bob Brown.
Raspberry Pi Teachers' Workshops will be a regular part of K-12 outreach for the College of Computing and Software Engineering in the coming months. Dates of future workshops will be announced here.
Last updated: 22020-01-29 16:19
Originally published: 2018-08-01