Support the Raspberry Pi Teachers' Workshops

The College of Computing and Software Engineering at Kennesaw State University offers Raspberry Pi Teachers' Workshops to area K-12 teachers free of charge.  The teachers take home a Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer a little larger than a credit card, and the other equipment they will need to develop lessons for their classrooms. By the end of the summer, 130 K-12 teachers had an opportunity to attend a workshop.  Together, these teachers reach nearly 40,000 students every year.A middle school teacher works with a Raspberry Pi at the College of Computing and Software Engineering

Although teachers attend free, expenses are about $250 for each one.  These workshops are funded entirely by individual gifts and grants; there is no tax money appropriated for the workshops.  So, we rely on support from people like you.  You can support one teacher for $250, five teachers for $1,250, or ten teachers for $2,500.  A gift of $25,000 will let us train 100 more teachers and reach 30,000 more students.

If you want to support these workshops, you can donate on line.  In "Gift Designation," choose "K-12 STEM Outreach."  If you prefer to contribute by check, make your check payable to the Kennesaw State University Foundation, write “Fund number 310267K12TCH” in the memo area, and send it to Bob Brown, Kennesaw State University, Mail Stop 9036, 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta GA 30060. In either case,, please also let Bob know by email: Bob.Brown@Kennesaw.edu 

The KSU Foundation is a Section 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and your gift is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

What do the Teachers Learn at the Workshops?

Teacher at workshopTeachers will be able to describe the Raspberry Pi computer and explain how it can be used in education.  They’ll be able to use the Raspberry Pi to demonstrate physical computing: receiving information and controlling external devices with programming.  Teachers will connect LEDs, buttons, and buzzers, and receive input from temperature, motion, and light sensors.  Working in groups, they will design and build a physical computing project.  They will leave the workshop with the knowledge and skills they need to teach computing with confidence, creativity, and excitement.

How Will Teachers Take What They Learn to Their Classrooms?

Teachers will take away a Raspberry Pi computer and parts kit.  The sMiddle school students working with a Raspberry Piimplicity of the Raspberry Pi makes it easy to get started, helping students to use basic digital components and instilling an awareness of programming concepts. When combined with the visual programming tool Scratch, students can even create animations and games on the Raspberry Pi without having to learn code. Once these straightforward skills have been grasped, teachers can then use the Raspberry Pi to set more complex tasks.  The Raspberry Pi is an excellent way for teachers to encourage collaborative, exploratory learning. There’s more here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/

What is a Raspberry Pi, Anyway?

Raspberry Pi computer in the palm of a hand

The Raspberry Pi that teachers take home from the workshop is a single-board computer, slightly bigger than a credit card, developed specifically for teaching the principles of computing.  It can be used for programming, but was also especially designed to support controlling and receiving input from external devices.  Unlike school and office computers, the Raspberry Pi is completely open and designed for connection to things like LEDs, buzzers, buttons, sensors, and even motors.  It’s also a real computer that can do real work, from word processing to running robots.  It has a quad-core processor, a gigabyte of RAM, and a Linux-based operating system with a graphical desktop

Why the Raspberry Pi?

Today's kids are digital natives; they know more about using digital devices than their Raspberry Piparents.  The trouble is, devices like the iPad are glued shut.  Students can do what the device was designed to do and no more.  The student is "trapped in the screen."

The Raspberry Pi is literally open for experiential learning.  Students can build projects never imagined by the designers of the Raspberry Pi.

Unlike microcontrollers, the Raspberry Pi is a complete computer in and of itself.  Everything happens in one place, which reduces student confusion.


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Last update: 2019-07-22 08:47
Originally published: 2019-05-19

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