Friday, 9 January 2015

Inspirational children

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a class in a local primary school about the Raspberry Pi computer and basic programming with Scratch and Python.

What a great class of children!

I'm a shy person so public speaking is something I have always avoided, the children quickly put my nerves to calm with such great input and questions, I done it for the kids to learn and have fun, but my thanks truly goes to the children as I have gained lessons from them in the process.

Here's an outline of the talk:

1 - Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

2 - Coding what it's used for / how it's used / coding in everyday life + a demonstration of traffic lights with LED's

3 - Other Raspberry Pi projects (Bird box camera, nature camera, weather balloons in space)

4 - Robots, brought my one along for a demo (should have got the kid's to name it!)

5 - Hacking Minecraft, this went down really well, they would have been happy doing this for the rest of the day.

A big thank you to my good friend Les Pounder for help and ideas for using Minecraft to inspire. (http://bigl.es/