Mid Winter 2016 – Schedule Update


Mid Winter 2016 schedule : Feb 21, 28 & Mar 6th, 13th

Due to the Presidents Day holiday, we will begin the next session on Feb 21st.

We are finishing our first round of 2016 classes this week and many of our computer scientists have travel plans so we are going to skip a week before offering the next session. register here



Classes Cancelled for 1/24 Due to Weather


Regretfully, we need to cancel classes for today, Sunday 24 Jan 2016.

Since we have so many students from other parts of NYC, we want everyone to be safe and warm today. I hope everyone gets the word.

We will be schedule the make up class directly following the current schedule on Feb 7.

Have fun and stay safe.

Ron, Wendy, Jessica & Olivia.



Winter 2016 Sessions

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Another year and we are continuing to add new projects including working with the Sense HAT in Workshop IV. The Sense HAT is new add-on for Raspberry Pi that is full of sensors to play with (temperature, humidity, pressure & accelerometer) and a colorful 8×8 RGB LED matrix that can be programmed with Python. The Sense HAT is part of Astro-Pi, a project that sent two Raspberry Pis into Space this month. While we do not have our own spacecraft, we do have many great learning opportunities to be had with this device.


The Raspberry Heights Team (Olivia, Wendy, Jessica & Ron) look forward to seeing you in January.

Sign up on our register page.


It’s a Raspberry Jam at Barnes & Noble – Union Square This Saturday


Barnes and Noble is hosting a nationwide Mini Maker Faire this weekend and Ron Callahan from The Raspberry Heights Workshop will be there talking about all things Raspberry Pi, electronics and education. Ask questions and find out how to join our classes.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., don’t miss the Raspberry Jam. Meet other Pi enthusiasts and find out more about this micro, low-cost computer.


Barnes and Noble – Union Square
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003

“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!


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.


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!


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.

Sign up now.

Raspberry Heights Workshop – Maker Faire Reunion

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Hi fellow Makers!

Raspberry Heights Workshop will be at the World Maker Faire next weekend in New York City. We are making a big call out to our alumni and supporters. If you have taken a class or have been a supporter of Raspberry Heights, please stop by our booth for a group photo at 2:00PM on Saturday. Come earlier if you’d like to share your Raspberry Pi project at our booth. Just bring your rig (Pi and any interfacing equipment) and we’ll get you set up.

If you have never taken a class at Raspberry Heights Workshop, Maker Faire is the perfect time to come and ask us questions face to face.

Can’t wait to see you all September 26-27th.

T minus one week for Raspberry Heights Workshop Fall 2015!


There is just 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 third 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.

No class September 27 – Come See Us at Maker Faire! – We are inviting our alumni to share what they are working on at the Faire, so contact us if you would like to participate.

Classes begin Sunday September 13th. Visit our registration page to sign up.

Check out this Raspberry Heights Workshop video from New Learning Times.

The Raspberry Heights Workshop is located in Queens, New York City
classes are held at the
Jackson Heights Early Learning Center Annex
7910 34th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372-2437

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Find out more on our website or email your questions to rtcallahan@gmail.com.