Birmingham Picademy

Just before the end of the school summer holidays an intrepid group of teachers joined the ranks of the Raspberry Pi Certified Educators after spending two days at Picademy in Birmingham.

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The two days were held in the stunning Birmingham Library Google Garage and was led by Martin O’Hanlon, Josh Johnson, Dave Jones and myself.

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The Birmingham Picademy followed the same program used at the Cambridge and Leeds events with day one being spent doing workshops and the second day mainly being spent working on projects.

After a brief introduction to the course delegates were setting up their Raspberry Pis and jumping into the workshops.

Workshop 1: Introduction to GPIO using Scratch and Python
Workshop 2: Sonic Pi
Workshop 3: Minecraft
Workshop 4: Making cool stuff with add-ons (using the Explorer Hat)
Workshop 5: Taking selfies with the Picamera

The first day went really well and everyone was very keen to engage with all the activities. Workshop 4 was really fun and we felt very optimistic for day 2 after seeing all the cool things people made. Day one ended with a very nice meal and we came back refreshed for day two.

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The second day started with engaging presentations about YRS, engaging leaners in computer science and feedback from Skycademy. After the community talks we dived straight into the project day. There was a really good range of project ideas and these developed really well throughout the day.

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Projects included:

  • Twitter camera bot
  • Plotting telemetry data in Minecraft
  • Minecraft dance mat
  • Robot
  • Classroom monitor for noise level
  • Baby monitoring device
  • Light writing wand using the sense hat

The second day ended with certificates being handed out to our now Certified Raspberry Pi Educators.

There are still three more Birmingham Picademy events to be held at the Birmingham Digital Garage on:

1st - 2nd October
2nd - 3rd November
7-8th December

More details can be found here

Martin O’Hanlon will also be running mini Jam style events with the first being on Saturday 31st October and more details can be found here

A final word about the team from Google. They were amazing, really helpful and went above and beyond to help make our event as successful as possible.


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