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Raspberry Pi Workshop for Schools

Practical programming workshop for schools

The Raspberry Pi is a powerful pocket-sized computer that enables students to learn to code with programming languages such as Scratch and Python. It is used for many projects such as building alarm circuits, electronic circuits, robots, and creating file servers, which makes it an ideal companion to learn real-world applications of coding.

This workshop will give students a basic understanding of the Raspberry Pi by getting them engaged in hands-on practical activities. The workshop assumes students have no prior knowledge of programming or coding.

Format

Secondary/Higher: 3 sessions x 1 hr 30 mins
(20 participants per session)

Age Groups

Y9 - Y13, Higher Education

Introduction to Raspberry Pi

What we will cover:

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi: Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It's designed to promote basic computer science education and DIY projects, offering an affordable and accessible platform for learning coding and electronics.

Raspberry Pi Main Components: During the session we will cover the basic features such as the CPU, RAM, GPU, USB ports, HDMI output, audio output, and GPIO pins.

Models and Specification: A brief overview of the Raspberry Pi models including the Raspberry Pi 1 Model A/B/A+/B+, Raspberry Pi 2, Raspberry Pi 3, Raspberry Pi 4, and Raspberry Pi Zero.

Raspberry Pi Computer Raspberry Pi Zero hardware map

Control an LED

Students will learn how to build a simple circuit to turn on and off an LED using the Raspberry-Pi GPIO pins.

General Purpose Input and Output (GPIO): GPIO refers to the pins on a Raspberry Pi that can be programmed to either input or output digital signals. These pins allow the Raspberry Pi to interact with external hardware components such as sensors, LEDs, motors, and more, making it versatile for a wide range applications.

Powering LEDs with the Raspberry Pi

Programme Traffic Lights

They participant will learn to build a traffic light sequence and how to programme them. This will give the students an understanding of real-life applications of programming. Watch the video below to see what we will create on the day of the workshop.

Programming Languages (Python and Block Programming)

Students will complete the exercise with the Scratch programming language and higher learners will also repeat the activity with Python. Scratch is an easy to use drag and drop block programming language that will help students grasp the basic concepts behind coding. During the exercises the students will learn how we can use programming languages to control the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi.

Scratch Block Programme

Higher Learners

We also provide coding workshops to college and undergraduate university students.

Additional Info

Requirements
We will bring the Raspberry Pis (1 per 2 students), chargers, all necessary wires, cables and circuit components.
The school must provide a computer room with monitors (1 between 2) that has either a VGA or an HDMI input, keyboards and a mouse.

Day Itinerary*

Secondary and Higher

* The activities may vary on the day depending on the length of the sessions and the age and ability of the participants.

Cost

Please contact us to obtain a quote or request our price guide.

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Available Regions
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Anywhere in England, Anywhere in Northern Ireland, Anywhere in Scotland, Anywhere in Wales, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Sussex, Essex, Gloucestershire, Greater London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, London, Merseyside, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Somerset, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Tyne and Wear, Warwickshire, West Midlands, West Sussex, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire, Worcestershire, Antrim, Ards, Armagh City and District, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Castlereagh, Coleraine, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry City and Strabane, Down, Dungannon and South Tyrone, Fermanagh, Larne, Limavady, Lisburn, Magherafelt, Moyle, Newry and Mourne, Newtownabbey, North Down, Omagh, Strabane, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, Na h-Eileanan Siar, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney Islands, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland Islands, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Isle of Anglesey, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan, Wrexham

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