Astro Pi workshop

I am always keen to develop my range of workshops and activities for schools and events and was asked to do 4 x 2.5 hour workshops at school during 'activities week'.


I decided to do a new workshop this year based around Astro Pi and using the Sense HAT

The presentation can be found here


Session outline

  • Welcome to workshop (slide 1 and 2)
  • Quick recap about Tim Peake (slide 3)
  • Watch launch video (slide 4)
  • If this is the first time some people have seen a Raspberry PI show the video on slide 5 and slide 6
  • Quick build activity (15 mins) - Minecraft in Space (slides 7 and 8)
  • Extension - Minecraft coding with Python 3 (slide 9 if needed)
  • Introduce Astro Pi with video on slide 10
  • Hello World (slide 11) - don't give away the excitement about what is about to happen!
  • Continue story of Astro Pi with videos on slides 12 and 13
  • Sense HAT sensing and human senses (slides 14 and 15)
  • Measuring temperature (and pressure etc) (slide 16)
  • The end of the story (or is it?) (slide 17)
  • Pixel Art - (slide 18,19,20)
    • Students can try the sample code of the Mario Cube
    • Students then design their own pictures on the Sense HAT templates
    • Extension: Animation

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