Late fall Workshop Registration open

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Dates are set Oct 28th, Nov 4th, 11th & 18th 2017

Workshop I and Workshop II will be offered. Sign up now before these classes sell out.

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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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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.

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.

“Howdy Jessie” New Classes, New OS

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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

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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.

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.

Sign up now.