Raspberry Pi for Educators: Physical Computing for the Classroom

Course Aims and Outcomes: This course is focused on learning about electricity, electronics and programming in the context of integrating Raspberry Pi microprocessors into the classroom.

In addition to focusing on key content, we will also provide time to reflect on pedagogy, classroom management and pacing of material.

Using the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Starter Kit as well as many other Raspberry Pi based products, we will provide a well-rounded overview of circuits, electronics and programming. We will share opportunities for projects and resources available to expand this learning into your own classroom.

This class is designed to provide a basic foundation to start working with students in the context of programming, engineering and computational thinking. We have run through versions of this class over the past 7 years with a wide range of educators from K - 12 and beyond with great success.

Throughout the weeklong class, our goals/learning outcomes will be:

  • Teachers will be able to implement a maker-centric classroom built around project-based-learning (PBL).
  • Teachers will understand the basics behind electricity and circuits as well as how to teach these topics.
  • Teachers will have a general fluency and literacy with programming in Python, Processing and Arduino.
  • Collectively, we will develop a set of lesson plans, activities, and projects to use in the classroom that integrate Raspberry Pi, programming and electronics.

Materials included in this class include:

Prerequisites: This class is exclusively for instructors and educators who want to learn how to implement physical computing, programming and electronics into their classroom. There are no prerequisites for this class, however, the class requires that participants have the physical dexterity to insert wires into a breadboard (the physical equivalent of inserting shoelaces into the holes of sneakers).

What to bring: Please bring a laptop (including all administrative privileges and passwords) and ideas about what a STEM classroom looks like for you. We will explore these ideas throughout the week. If you do not have a laptop, SparkFun laptops will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Course Syllabus

Date July 8-12, 2019

Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (with a break for lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm)

Cost: $1000 per participant (includes about $400 worth of take-home classroom hardware). A 10% refund will be given to groups of 3 or more who register together.

Location: Bronxville Union Free School District

Instructor: Jeff Branson

We will NOT accept walk-ins for this class, only registered participants will be accepted. Thank you for understanding.

Please note that this class can be canceled three weeks prior if we do not meet a minimum of 12 participants


Note: Class registration is fully refundable until the weekday (M-F) prior to the class at 5:00pm MST. Please call to do so. If you wish to cancel after that time, or miss the workshop for any reason, we will transfer the amount you paid to SparkFun store credit, but cannot issue refunds. Thanks for your understanding!

Class Times
  • Monday, July 8, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Price $1,000.00
Slots Available 29/30

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