Raspberry Heights Workshop at Mini Maker Faire @raspberrypi

Join Ron Callahan as he discusses his computer programming workshop for children, The Raspberry Heights Workshop this Sunday at Barnes & Noble (Union Square NYC location) Mini Maker Faire.

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photo by Jessica Peugh

Ron will be giving a talk at 3:00 Sunday  November 6th to discuss the workshops and new improvements in Raspberry Pi computers and software.

Meet Jessica for hands-on demos from 12-5 at our table upstairs.

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How to Update Your Raspberry Pi

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If you haven’t heard Raspberry Pi has released PIXEL the latest edition of Rasbian. It comes with a new look with new icons, wallpapers & user interface. Also included are some new additions to the software like Chromium web browser, RealVNC & senseHat emulator.

You can download PIXEL  from the Raspberry Pi website and burn the entire image to your SD card following the instructions here.

However, if you have been using your Raspberry Pi for a while you probably have a lot of files like those awesome Scratch projects and Python scripts you have been writing. So an update is a likely choice for you. If you are going to update, I would highly recommend making a back up of your files first. You can make a full backup using the instructions here. Alternatively, you can drop and drop your files onto a flash drive.

Updating is as simple as opening up terminal and entering the following commands

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you are updating and not doing a new install, you will need to run these commands to install some of the new software packages included with PIXEL.

sudo apt-get install -y rpi-chromium-mods 
sudo apt-get install -y python-sense-emu python3-sense-emu 
sudo apt-get install -y python-sense-emu-doc realvnc-vnc-viewer

You will need to reboot for the update to take effect.

We can’t wait to hear what you think about the update.

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Schedule Update : No Class Columbus Day Weekend

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We have heard from our parents and listened. We are updating our schedule for those that will be out of town on the 3 day school break for Columbus Day. There is still time to sign up.

We hope to see you at The Raspberry Heights Workshop soon!

Classes will be held September 18th, 25th, October 2nd & 16th 2016

Classes are forming for Fall 2016 sessions, sign up now.

Fall Sessions Are Open For Registration

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There is just over one week before our fall classes begin and we are gearing up to deliver an enriching experience for your children.  The Raspberry Heights Workshop is in our fourth awesome year now and the response has been overwhelming, so, sign up now before we sell out. If you have been coming to the workshop, there’s never been a better time to come back. We can’t wait to show you all about coding, making circuits, controlling servos, connecting sensors and electronics all while using Raspberry Pi computers.

The Raspberry Heights Workshop is a project based workshop for kids ages 6-11 to learn about computers and electronics. The classes are held Sunday mornings in Jackson Heights.

Try our new offer sign up for all for sessions and save $100. Find out more!

Nuestras Primeras Clases en Español

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Raspberry Heights Workshop se está formando ahora mismo para llevar acabo nuestras primeras clases en Español. Esta clase está abierta para niños de habla hispana entre las edades de 9-12 años de edad.  “Los científicos de la computación” crearán su propio videojuego usando el programa visual Scratch.
Ellos llegarán a ver lo que un principiante de Scratch hace y podrán relacionarlo con el verdadero mundo de la programación.
Este juego se completará entre 3-4 horas.

A los estudiantes se les proveerá el equipo necesario. No hay necesidad de comprar equipo para la clase.

Todos los ingresos serán donados a UNICEF para proveer ayuda a los damnificados del terremoto de Ecuador.

Domingo 26 de Junio 2016 @ 10 a.m.

La clase se llevarán a cabo en Jackson Heights Early Learning Center 79-10 34th Ave. Jackson Heights.

Presione aqui para registrarse.
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Ecuador Earthquake Relief

derry-nun-killed-in-ecuador-earthquakeBeing a part of a diverse community as Jackson Heights is, Raspberry Heights Workshop has a real connection to our community. Hearing about the tragedy that has occurred in Ecuador, we feel is it our duty to give back to the world.

We are offering a special workshop en Español for children who are second language learners. The class will be taught entirely en Español by our staff who are native Spanish speakers. Schedule to follow.

If you would like to sign up follow the link below:

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One of our Jackson Heights neighbors, Rachel Pincay, has set up a wish list to help with immediate needs. Please contribute to her efforts on her Amazon wish list ttps://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_reg_rd-upd?ie=UTF8&id=1B6037X4R359E&type=wishlist 

thanks

Ron

Meet Sofia – Raspberry Heights Workshop Featured Student

We at The Raspberry Heights Workshop are very proud to announce our featured student. Meet Sofia. She’s a true maker at heart.

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Sofia is a real star. We love when students challenge themselves to remix the projects we do in class. When Sofia remixed her race car game using Scratch, the whole class wanted to add her cool feature. She is a real inspiration.

Her parents tell me she is self motivated, and continues to teach them what she is doing as she goes along.

Most importantly, she loves what she is doing and has fun with it.

Not only has Sofia been attending The Raspberry Heights Workshop for two months, she also created a game “Get The Birthday Cake” for her school Maker Faire.

For earning the Featured Student spot Sofia will receive a Raspberry Pi camera module. Congrats Sofia. Keep challenging yourself and inspiring others.

 

Meet Jessica

You may have noticed a new face at the Raspberry Heights Workshop.

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“For the past few months, Ron Callahan has given me the opportunity of my life, because I have been able to be part of a fabulous team teaching technology.
This is one of my passions that I always wanted to accomplish, being able to teach kids is a reward that cannot be explained, just to see their faces when they see the result of their work it’s amazing.
For me being at Raspberry Heights is a great experience. Since I love technology it gives me the tools to teach the next generation and also help boys and girls to be more involved in tech.”

We are so happy to have Jessica on the Raspberry Heights team. Her nurturing manner lets the students become comfortable with the material, making it easier to learn.

Thanks for all you do, Jessica!

reminder : classes start this Sunday sign up if you haven’t already registered.

Make Your Own Arcade With Raspberry Pi

A few weeks ago, I was attending a political rally for Bernie Sanders at Bohemian Hall in Astoria with my daughter. We missed most of the rally, but, we had dinner and spent some quality time together. In the basement they had a Ms. Pac-Man machine and we had a blast playing together. It got me thinking about MAME and how it was so much fun setting that up on my Mac many moons ago. Of course, I realized it was time to get MAME set up on a Raspberry Pi. Not only would it be a fun excuse to play the games of my youth, but, it would be a great learning experience to use GPIO to wire up a joystick and some arcade style buttons.

For this project we wanted to use a Raspberry Pi2 model B so we could take advantage of the 1GB of RAM. Downloading the Raspicade system took a long time, but, is a great interface.

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photo by : Ron Callahan

Make sure you get the correct version of Raspicade for your system. The version I had would not work on Model B, fortunately, I have a small arsenal of Raspberry Pi in my studio and found a Raspberry Pi2 model B that was free.

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Most of the documentation available was for older Raspberry Pi models. I found a great article that explains how to update retraced to work with the newer Raspberry Pi2 here.

Once the software was set up, I began testing the buttons. You can find a great diagram for the pin out on Ian57’s Github page.

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photo by Jessica Peugh

It was a great project and very challenging to get all the pieces together. After a few nights of research I got everything prepped and two of my students were able to wire it up  within an hour.

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If your child likes technology and wants to learn more sign up for Raspberry Heights Workshop.