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Adventures In Raspberry Pi Paperback – January 7, 2014
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I'm currently collaborating with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on a scheme of work for KS3 to teach programming theory using the Pi as a synthesizer called Sonic Pi, an idea developed by Sam Aaron at Cambridge University.
I am the author of 'Adventures in Raspberry Pi' a computing book for teenagers wanting to get started with Raspberry Pi and programming.
As an advocate for women in tech, I created a YouTube video series for teenage girls called The Geek Gurl Diaries, which has won a Talk Talk Digital Hero Award. The episodes include interviews with women working in technology and hands on computer science based tutorials.
I am vice chair of the Computing At Schools initiative to get more girls and minority groups into computing called CAS #include and have helped organise #define, a workshop based hack day for teenagers concentrating on delivering good content to include all and 'Hack the Curric' bringing academics, educators and industry experts together to create inclusive resources for the new Computing curriculum.
In 2012 I became a Google Certified Teacher and KS3 ICT subject Leader at my school in East London. I have a blended and open approach to teaching as can be seen by my website ICT with Miss P that students use to access their weekly lessons. I use innovative web tools to help support and extend the learning in my 21st century classroom.
I'm an evangelist for my subject, and often speak at conferences like BETT, Raspberry Jamboree, YRS and PyconUK.
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More about the "adventures":
#1 -- Introduces the Pi and describes how to get it up an running in various ways, including the up-to-date NOOBS.
#2 -- Summarizes the basics of Linux in an easy-to-follow set of instructions.
#3 -- Introduces programming concepts with Scratch by making an adventure game.
#4 -- With a fun graphics project, the author makes a clever transition from Scratch to Python .
#5 -- Significant programming with Python -- again, with an adventure game. The author wisely (I think) uses Python 3.
#6 -- Minecraft on the Pi and Python programming applied to Minecraft.
#7 -- Coding music with Sonic Pi.
#8 -- Using the general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins on the Pi -- the Python library that controls GPIO pins.
#9 --The Big Adventure -- building a Pi jukebox using an LCD screen, MP3 music files, and GPIO button controls.
It is a great sequence that could be adapted by a teacher for use at several grade levels -- and it would certainly appeal to a young person or an adult working solo.
Although the book is well-illustrated, the publisher's web site for the book also provides a set of videos that cover each adventure. I found these very useful.Read more ›
I now wish that I had used those couple weeks to check it out from the library.
I feel like my biggest issue is the fact that there were many terms that were technical enough that my 10 year old couldn't read the book herself. While I normally would accept any retort concerning the targeted age group, in this case I cannot accept any notion of my 10 year old not being able to read this...she has read books since she was 2 years old, she tested at an 8th grade reading level in Kindergarten, and could have tested higher but the elementary schools are only capable of testing at the middle school level. The girl can read...and definitely at the level of an 11 year old.
My second issue was concerning the claims of 9 awesome projects. My count is really only 5 projects, if you really stretch your definition of project, I can accept a count of 7 projects. But there is in no way 9 projects in this book. And that's not including my thoughts on the word awesome since it's too subjective a subject to really broach. But if you asked me about the count of awesome projects, it's more like 2-3 awesome projects for a kid in the target demographic of 11-15 years old.
I felt like there was a lot of time wasted in setup, the first two 'projects' are devoted to getting to know the pi and they were essentially completely covered in a 10 minute youtube video.
Other than that, like I said, it was well written, I love the level of detail, and the path that it begins young children down. For that I can't give it a negative review, but to that end, the book is over priced in my opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great place to start the adventure. I got this book to start learning about coding with my 6 yo son. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J I.
Are you a young person who has an interest in making things happen by using computers? If you are, then this book is for you. Read morePublished 13 months ago by COSMIC TRAVELER