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Primary Pi Day

During next month I will be holding my first Primary School Raspberry Pi day at my Academy. I still need a good working title for the day - so if you have any ideas leave a comment below!

Pi project

This is my draft plan for the day. I would very much value any feedback on the elements of the day. I am assuming that the staff and students have never used a Pi before or used Python. The timings may look strange but they reflect the lesson and break times at school.

The day starts with an introduction to the Pi followed by a first go at programming in Python. After break time we lift the lid and start connecting components to the GPIO. After lunch we delve into the world of Minecraft. The day ends with sharing what we have learnt, awards and encouragement for the future.

Draft plan for the day

9.30 Good morning, Welcome, plan for the day and expectations.

9.40 Session 1: Getting to know the Pi

Looking inside the box
What is a Raspberry Pi?
How is it different and similar to other computers?
Starting up the Pi
Loading the GUI

10.10 Session 2: “Hello World”

What is a programming language?
Introduction to Python
Our first program “Hello world”
Our second program “What is your name?”

10.40 Break time

11.00 Session 3: Connecting things to the Pi

What is the GPIO?
What can we connect the Raspberry Pi?
Project 1: Switching and LED on and off
Project 2: A pair of flashing LEDs
Project 3: Disco lights

12:30 Lunch time

13:00 Session 4: Minecraft

Playing Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi
Programming Minecraft with the Pi

14:00 Plenary

What have we learnt today?

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