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.
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.
We at The Raspberry Heights Workshop are very proud to announce our featured student. Meet Sofia. She’s a true maker at heart.
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.
You may have noticed a new face at the Raspberry Heights Workshop.
“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.
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?
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
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.
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 ages
We had the opportunity to teach a scratch project to dozens of young makers all weekend long.
FYI – November classes are filling up. Second class added for beginners.
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.
Meet Kamau, Raspberry Heights Workshop’s first Advanced level student. His assignment was to come up with an idea of how we can could use the Raspberry Pi to learn about our environment. His first idea was build something to see through walls. After a little discussion of some privacy issues, we agreed to build a weather station that would fly in the air to see if the temperature would be warmer or cooler as it went higher in the sky.
We spent some time planning his project and decided to use Adafruit’s BMP180 Barometric Pressure/Temperature/Altitude Sensor. The sensor would be perfect for our needs as is works with the Raspberry Pi and is very lightweight.
It required a bit of soldering, but, Kamau was up for the task. He learned basic soldering in the Raspberry Heights Workshop intermediate level.
He draw out some sketches and made lists of materials.
- Raspberry Pi model A (removed analog video out)
- Adafruit BMP180
- Adafruit Pi Cobbler
- Adafruit Proto Plate
- GPIO cable
- small breadboard
- logitech bluetooth keyboard
- portable cellphone charger (for mobile power)
Once we gathered up the materials, he began building.
We modified Adafruit’s code a bit so it would continually run and give us a running list of the temperature and altitude. Unfortunately, the battery was too heavy and we never got to see it fly. Instead, Kamau simply moved it around to see if the temperature would change. He put it in the freezer, outside in the sun and in the shade to capture different readings.
For further iterations of the project, we would need to find a lighter power source and investigate ways to cut the total weight. In the end, Kamau learned a lot building the weather station but more importantly he had fun while doing it.
Loud and proud
There is still time to sign up. Just a few spots open. Join us this Sunday for NYC’s number one computer class for kids.
Find out why we won Make: Magazine’s editors choice at the New York Maker Faire.
Classes are held in Jackson Heights on Sunday mornings. Go to our registration page to find out more.