We teach students to code

Before starting the project, 87% of interviewed students said they never touched a real computer.

778 students have registered to take the computing courses from 2012 to 2014 and the demand keeps rising. Participants have been evaluated through writing and practical exams. The analysis of these results showed a 65% improvement of grades for the second year of implementation.

Making a Raspberry Pi Case out of an Altoids Tin

The standard Raspberry pi comes "naked" (without a case). The case is an accessory that needs to be purchased separately. Having a case for your Pi is highly recommended.There are great ideas on the internet, on how to make a PI case out of commonly found objects. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make a Raspberry Pi Case out of an Altoids Box.

Raspberry Pi: Teaching Coding to the Young and Old Alike

Technology is changing education and employment opportunities for people across the world. Unfortunately, computers are still a luxury item for many, which often limit opportunities that people have to develop skills that will help them find work or attend school remotely. Raspberry Pi is changing this by offering small, affordable computers that plug into a computer monitor or TV and that can perform many of the tasks of a traditional desktop PC.

Raspberry Pi: Flexibility in OS

The Raspberry Pi has been designed as a cost effective option for use in school environments. One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is that offers a wide variety of Operating Systems (OSs) for users to make use of in their projects, or to simply learn and tinker with. The official Raspberry Pi site (http://www.raspberrypi.org">www.raspberrypi.org) offers free, downloadable images for nine different operating systems.

Helping Develop an Interest for Programming

The Raspberry Pi provides affordable access to a fully capable computer. In its most basic form, the Pi can be used as a computer, but it can also be used in robotics and Internet of Things projects. The Internet of things is a network of devices that communicate with one another and exchange information with sensors and software. Exposing students to the single board computer from a young age can help increase computer literacy in a developing country and develop an interest for programming. The Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends Python as a language for learners.

Installing Raspbian Wheezy on Mac OS X 10.10

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.

Raspberry Pi in a Container

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.

Astro Pi: Raspberry Pi in Space!

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.

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