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Pi-oneeringInnovations in education with the          Raspberry Pi              Duncan Smeed      Computer and Information...
What?• Foundation   • The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity that exists to     promote the study of computer science...
Why?• 2012 is a year of educational reforms• Teachers need resources and support to  facilitate these educational changes•...
How?• Communication• Motivation• Inspiration      Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27...
Who?•   Staff and Students•   Teachers and Pupils•   Schools, Colleges and Universities•   Other Organisations         Ras...
Where?•   Online•   In school•   At home•   Competitions•   Workshops/Mentoring        Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computi...
When?• Spring  – Setting the scene: organising, etc.• Summer  – Internship activity: co-production of resources• Autumn  –...
What Next?The proposal received very positive feedback but there were somethingsthat needed to be clarified beforefunding ...
Timeline• Pi volume ordering not possible until  September 2012• Therefore only pilot schemes in 2012  – Resource developm...
Outcomes and Deliverables• Teaching and CPD resources. For instance:  – Contributions to Raspberry Pi community efforts   ...
Interns’ Roles and Tasks• Evaluation of, and contribution to, a Raspberry Pi User  Guide.• Identifying key requirements fo...
However…• Raspberry Pi availability was a major hurdle• Raspberry Pi is still a ‘work in progress’• All four interns that ...
Hope…• Pi-oneering in Summer 2013 may be a  possibility• Undergraduate coursework and projects  – Incorporating the Pi int...
Undergraduate Coursework• CS 413 Embedded Systems: Group Project  – Scenario: Each group will be assigned an    Arduino de...
MasterbombRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   15
DuinottoRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   16
MastermindRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   18
OdinRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   19
Dark TowerRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   20
Drunk BoxRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   21
Final Year ProjectsPreamble to all Raspberry Pi Final YearProjects:  This project can be based on a Raspberry  Piand, if s...
Final Year Projects• ESCaPADE - Embedded Systems Coursework and  Practical Assignments Development Environment• HEARTH - H...
Shameless Plug ;)Christmas Lecture in Computer Science             for Schools  Wednesday 5th and 12thDecember 2012      R...
Christmas Lecture   The affordability, accessibility and adaptability of Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices may lead to majo...
Christmas Lecture   I will be illustrating many examples of the types of  projects inspired by the Raspberry Pi and Arduin...
One more thing…                      pioneering                         spirit                       inspiresRaspberry Pi-...
Q & A and DiscussionRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012   28
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Duncan Smeed - Raspberry Pi-oneering

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Duncan Smeed's presentation from the Computing At School Scotland conference 2012

Duncan is a lecturer in the department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde and winner of an innovative teaching award in 2011.

He is a member of the BCS and specialises in the teaching of Computer Systems including Architecture, Concurrency and Embedded Systems.

As part of his interest in education from Primary school to University level he has secured funding for the Raspberry Pioneering project which aims to create a series of interesting projects suitable for secondary pupils using the £25 Raspberry Pi computer.

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Duncan Smeed - Raspberry Pi-oneering

  1. 1. Pi-oneeringInnovations in education with the Raspberry Pi Duncan Smeed Computer and Information Sciences duncan.smeed@strath.ac.uk
  2. 2. What?• Foundation • The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity that exists to promote the study of computer science and to put the fun back into learning computing• Justification • The justification behind this was the fact that the uptake of computing in schools and universities has been in steady decline.• Inspiration • RPi is designed to push kids beyond basic computer literacy – and to expose them to ‘computational thinking’. Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 2
  3. 3. Why?• 2012 is a year of educational reforms• Teachers need resources and support to facilitate these educational changes• Raspberry Pi will offer a foundation to further the study of Computer Science Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 3
  4. 4. How?• Communication• Motivation• Inspiration Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 4
  5. 5. Who?• Staff and Students• Teachers and Pupils• Schools, Colleges and Universities• Other Organisations Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 5
  6. 6. Where?• Online• In school• At home• Competitions• Workshops/Mentoring Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 6
  7. 7. When?• Spring – Setting the scene: organising, etc.• Summer – Internship activity: co-production of resources• Autumn – Delivering resources – Delivering workshops and CPD?• Winter and beyond – Further work? Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 7
  8. 8. What Next?The proposal received very positive feedback but there were somethingsthat needed to be clarified beforefunding could be awarded.Thesewere:1. Identifying a realistic timeline for the project2. Stating the specific outcomes and deliverables for the project3. Identifying the specific roles and tasks to be undertaken by the interns4. Validation and testing of the deliverables by: 1. pupils 2. teachers 3. education authorities5. What’s next: some idea of future plans to take the project to the next stage Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 8
  9. 9. Timeline• Pi volume ordering not possible until September 2012• Therefore only pilot schemes in 2012 – Resource development for pilot schemes – Three-month development schedule • Mid-June to Mid-September • Developers: four student interns plus one academic Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 9
  10. 10. Outcomes and Deliverables• Teaching and CPD resources. For instance: – Contributions to Raspberry Pi community efforts • Raspberry Pi User Guide • Pi-related programming and computer systems material • Project-based resources, particularly in the ‘physical computing’ domain • Repository and annotated index of Pi resources available elsewhere – Course material for teachers’ CPD – Tailored SD card images with pre-prepared resources – Workshop/conference Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 10
  11. 11. Interns’ Roles and Tasks• Evaluation of, and contribution to, a Raspberry Pi User Guide.• Identifying key requirements for curriculum development.• Creating and maintaining a repository of Pi resources.• Development of thePi programming and computer systems material.• Development of Pi ‘physical computing’ and project resources.• Helping to plan, resource and deliver a CPD workshop/conference. Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 11
  12. 12. However…• Raspberry Pi availability was a major hurdle• Raspberry Pi is still a ‘work in progress’• All four interns that helped develop the proposal secured jobs elsewhere! B-(• Pi-oneering may still be Pi-in-the-sky!• But there is hope… Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 12
  13. 13. Hope…• Pi-oneering in Summer 2013 may be a possibility• Undergraduate coursework and projects – Incorporating the Pi into undergraduate coursework to produce Pi-oneering resources – Final year projects that use the Pi as a core component and that deliver, and document, Pi- related resources Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 13
  14. 14. Undergraduate Coursework• CS 413 Embedded Systems: Group Project – Scenario: Each group will be assigned an Arduino device and, optionally, a Raspberry Pi. Using the device(s) as the basis for an embedded system ‘gadget’ each group is encouraged to come up with their own idea for the product and to plan, design, implement and document the gadget.• Examples from 2011 (Arduino-based)… Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 14
  15. 15. MasterbombRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 15
  16. 16. DuinottoRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 16
  17. 17. MastermindRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 18
  18. 18. OdinRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 19
  19. 19. Dark TowerRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 20
  20. 20. Drunk BoxRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 21
  21. 21. Final Year ProjectsPreamble to all Raspberry Pi Final YearProjects: This project can be based on a Raspberry Piand, if so, the final outcome should, ideally, support (some of) the aims of the Pi- oneeringInitiative by creating software and/or hardware exemplars that can be used to enthuse school pupils to undertake computer- related studies at undergraduate level and to also provide resources for future undergraduate students. Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 22
  22. 22. Final Year Projects• ESCaPADE - Embedded Systems Coursework and Practical Assignments Development Environment• HEARTH - Home Energy Analyser and Remote Telemetry Hardware• PiVoTAL - Pi-controlled Vehicle, or Tank, Autonomously Led• ICARUS - Image Capture, Analysis and Recognition of Unusual Scenes• Pizzazz – a blinkenlightsinstallationto produce an attractive combination of energy and style Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 23
  23. 23. Shameless Plug ;)Christmas Lecture in Computer Science for Schools Wednesday 5th and 12thDecember 2012 Raspberry Pi and Arduino: Pioneers of the Open Hardware & Software Frontier Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 24
  24. 24. Christmas Lecture The affordability, accessibility and adaptability of Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices may lead to majorinnovations in the teaching of computing, engineering and science subjects in schools and universities. For instance, the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino are idealsystems to explore the topic of physical computing by means of projects that construct the hardware andsoftware components of, say, a robot or an interactive computer game with kinetic controller. Here we will explore, and demonstrate, recent advances made in highly affordable, open software and open hardware computer systems. Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 25
  25. 25. Christmas Lecture I will be illustrating many examples of the types of projects inspired by the Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Some of the examples will be drawn from the physical computing and embedded systems classestaught at the University in which students design and build their own ‘gadgets’. The ultimate aim of this year’s Christmas lecture is to encourage pupils and teachers alike to explore the new and exciting worldmade possible by open software and open hardware computer systems. Raspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 26
  26. 26. One more thing… pioneering spirit inspiresRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 27
  27. 27. Q & A and DiscussionRaspberry Pi-oneering @ The Computing At Schools Scotland Conference, 27 Oct 2012 28

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