Friday, March 28, 2014

Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Jam

The Raspberry Pi, as yummy as it sounds, is not only a tasty dessert. It also is an easy way for student to create their own computer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation describes the device as "a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games." Are you interested?  Learn more at! Lesson plans, activities and other resources are already created to help teachers to get started at the Resource Center.

The PiHut sells the Raspberry Pi for right around $50 and has other kits and accessories you can purchase.  They can also be found on for a bit less.

Once you get started, you will become addicted, and once addicted you will want to learn more about the possibilities. And so, the Raspberry Jam was created for just those individuals. At a Raspberry Jam, you can join other like-minded people at a community event organized locally and designed to share information and engage participants in learning more about what the Raspberry Pi is capable of creating. More information about local Raspberry Jams will be available online this month at the website!

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