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 



Meet Jessica

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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