Written on 16 August 2016
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Last week, I mentioned that there are a variety of operating systems available for the Raspberry Pi. One of the easiest for those just starting out is Raspbian Wheezy, which is based on Debian Linux. This process requires a computer and your microSD card, which will be the memory for your Raspberry Pi. You can access the Wheezy image on the Raspberry Pi website (https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads). I used a microSD card with an adapter for my laptop.

Written on 16 August 2016
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One Hour of Code is a project aimed to teach anyone to write code, regardless of any previous technical knowledge. Learners are taught the basics of computer logic by completing tasks in an interactive game. In addition, code.org also has tutorials and resources to learn scripting languages such as JavaScript.

Written on 16 August 2016
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In 2016, Cercle Social non-profit will transform old shipping containers into classrooms powered by the Raspberry Pi, in Bénin. This idea from Samsung called The solar powered internet school has solar panels on the roof that can generate nine hours of electricity a day. We will use 40 feet long container to build a portable classroom that can fit up to 21 students. The school can be moved by truck so that students in remote areas with little or no access to electricity can benefit from the curriculum and internet connectivity.

Written on 16 August 2016
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How would you like the chance to have your Raspberry Pi project used on the International Space Station (ISS)? UK school students were recently given this opportunity, as part of a competition organized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and several space and trade groups. Today, the winning experiments are running on a pair of enhanced Raspberry Pi computers -- dubbed Astro Pis -- on board the space station. British astronaut Tim Peake, who blasted off for the ISS aboard a Soyuz rocket in December 2015, is running the experiments for the students.

Written on 16 August 2016
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This entire project revolves around the ability of the raspberry pi to educate the youth, but what makes this affordable and pocketable computer so powerful?

 

Incredible flexibility is the answer.

 

With a raspberry pi, a little creativity, and some programming knowledge, the sky's the limit.

The raspberry pi can be programmed to work with all sorts of computer systems.

-Smart phones

Written on 16 August 2016
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Voice-activated personal assistants  (think Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana) are becoming ubiquitous in the mobile and PC worlds. But options for the Raspberry Pi are less common.  James Gallagher, a 13-year-old student in Scotland, hopes to change that with his program, Monty. Monty allows users to perform basic tasks on their Raspberry Pi computers using only their voice.

Written on 16 August 2016
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Previous posts have covered the basics necessary to get your Raspberry Pi up and running, so I will only provide a brief summary. The bare minimum in this area is: a monitor or TV with HDMI connector, a keyboard, and a mouse. However, this is just the bare minimum, there are a wide variety of other accessories that can be used to enhance your Raspberry Pi experience – in fact, many companies are offering specialized accessories designed specifically with the Raspberry Pi in mind.

Written on 16 August 2016
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The truth is that the Raspberry Pi Foundation made too many types of Raspberry Pi computers, but that’s okay since now there is a Raspberry Pi for everyone.

(and we love every single one of their tiny machines equally)

There are currently SEVEN different models of Raspberry Pi computers. (Not including regional models)

Although the names of each model are fairly technical and intimidating, it’s worth understanding the differences in order to get the right one for you.

The seven models are…

Written on 16 August 2016
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In the 1990s, Bénin was notorious for having on of the world’s lowest primary school enrolment rates. Today, almost all Beninese children have access to education and a growing number are graduating from primary school. According to a Development Progress Report by the Overseas Development Institute:

Written on 15 August 2016
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Raspberry Jams are events organised by the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other Pi enthusiasts. They’re a great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi and what you can do with it, and to find like-minded people. Currently thy occur in a few cities around the world, but you can create your own event.

Written on 15 August 2016
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You've got your brand new raspberry pi in the mail and you're about to plug it in when you realize that you've got a choice to make.

You've got to decide what programming language to learn before you start making your raspberry pi work for you.

 

Time and time again, novice programmers ask what language they should learn first.

It's a reasonable question to ask, but, as most novice programmers know, the programming community likes to give pretty unhelpful responses.

Written on 15 August 2016
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Raspberry Pie is well known for its variety of uses in education, basic coding, and the Internet of Things. However, aside from being used to create security-monitoring systems, it has not been widely used for the use of security…as in cyber security. But things are changing. Pwnie Express, a company known for providing threat detection options for just about any wired wireless device you might find anywhere near your workplace. Guess what? Pwnie Express has come out with a penetration testing and security platform just for Raspberry Pi!

 

Written on 15 August 2016
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Today the new Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, has just hit shelves for the same great 35$ price tag as before, but what’s new and improved?

In short, it’s faster, it has bluetooth, and it’s just as cheap.

 

These changes are short and sweet, yet very important.

The new Raspberry Pi is quoted as having, “10x the performance of Raspberry Pi 1” by Eben Upton, the founder of Raspberry Pi.

Written on 15 August 2016
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Before I begin, I must address that the Raspberry Pi is by far the better device in educational setting similar to the one in Benin. That being said, both devices have their pros and cons depending on what you hope to accomplish with your little computer.

 

So, what makes them different?

In a short and sweet explanation:

Written on 15 August 2016
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There are several benefits that children can reap from using a computer.
- Academic Growth: Activities such as emailing can help improve children's writing abilities. Also, the internet provides a virtually infinite source of information for research.
- Communication: using social networks, children can stay in touch with friends and family. 

Written on 15 August 2016
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The African Union Headquarters in New York City welcomed Cercle Social on April 13th 2016. The nonprofit leaders pitched the mobile shipping container lab and the Raspberry Pi to the Power African Youth Initiative entrepreneur drive. Thank you to the organizers and all participants. #PAY #AFRICANUNION #CERCLESOCIAL #RASPBERRYPI

Written on 15 August 2016
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On April 21st, 2016 Cercle Social officially launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Mobile Shipping Containers Classrooms. The campaign is live here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270424420/mobile-shipping-containers-labs 

Written on 15 August 2016
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Toptal is a large and rapidly growing network comprised of the most thoroughly screened, talented freelance engineers and designers in the world.

The following article provided by toptal gives you detailed instructions on how to configure the Raspberry Pi into a development server.

Written on 15 August 2016
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Internet ads have become a feature of many peoples’ daily lives. While many of us have learned to deal with this nuisance, companies such as AdTrap have developed devices to block these ads from reaching devices connected to your home network – and they’re marketing them for a pretty penny. However, a new project called Pi-Hole let’s you get much the same functionality with your Raspberry Pi as a low-cost, open-source alternative.

Written on 09 August 2016

On Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, few members of Cercle Social met with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson at the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Congresswoman Johnson represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives and is also a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. She has been an outspoken advocate for the need to invest in science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM).