“Howdy Jessie” New Classes, New OS

Yee Haw!

Our next set of classes start this weekend. We are going to be using the newest version of Raspbian out nicknamed “Jessie” after the yodeling cowgirl from Toy Story. There are quite a few interesting features that we are itching to try such as the new version of Scratch which has a new GPIO server built right in!

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Looking forward to playing with the new Java environments, Blue J & Greenfoot, the Libre Office Suite and the new screen capture feature to be able to share our work on the blog.

How do I get Raspbian?

download here.

How do I install Raspbian on my SD card? (mac)

It’s best to start with a clean image. Once the image file has been downloaded, plug in your SD card and open up Terminal

Identify the partition of your SD card

diskutil list

diskutil list

in this example my partition is on /dev/disk2

Unmount your SD card

diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk2

Format your SD card (the SD card needs to be formatted in FAT32)

sudo newfs_msdos -F 16 /dev/disk2

start the copy (my disk image was named 2015-09-24-raspbian-jessie.img and is in the Desktop folder

sudo dd if=~/Desktop/2015-09-24-raspbian-jessie.img of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=5m

The process should take about 10 minutes, make sure you eject SD card properly before removing from your Mac.

Insert card into your Raspberry Pi and boot as normal.

Let me know how it worked for you.

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Some useful items USB micro SD card reader, Micro SD card adapter and of course the micro SD card.

Getting Physical at Raspberry Heights Workshop

Today’s Beginners Class was all about physical computing. It’s my favorite part of The Raspberry Heights Workshop. They all love the hands-on aspect of it and for many it’s the first time that they are able to use computers to make things happen IRL (in real life). They learned about basic electronics and circuits and made an LED turn on and off using Scratch.

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#teamwork is the rule. Making things happen together.

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Thomas takes it to the next level. Don’t tell mom, but, his Raspberry Pi and “parent detector” are hidden in this unassuming tissue box.

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Working through some robotics in Intermediate III. Using MeArm, Python and Raspberry Pi with ServoBlaster from Richard Ghirst.

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World Maker Faire 2015

Thanks to everyone that stopped by our Maker Faire booth to say hi!

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Our second year at Maker Faire was a total blast. We had visits from current students, alumni and a couple special visits from Matt and Phillip from Raspberry Pi Foundation. We met teachers, droids, craftspeople, technologists, drone pilots, multimedia artists and makers of all agesscratch class

We had the opportunity to teach a scratch project to dozens of young makers all weekend long.

This is the droid we were looking for.

This is the droid we were looking for. R2D2

FYI – November classes are filling up. Second class added for beginners.

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