Pi Day Celebration
Written by: Erin Whitaker | Posted Mar 10, 2016

In celebration of Pi Day, March 14, the NTC is hosting it’s first Raspberry Jam!  Students ranging from 3rd grade through 12th grade can participate & learn the functionality  of a Raspberry Pi, how to use it as a computer and how to convert the Pi into a movie or music server. We are excited to have Jim Manley, software engineer & computing teacher at Overton High School, leading this Jam.

This event will be held March 14, 2016 from 6:00-7:30pm at the Nashville Technology Council. For the Jam, students will not be required to bring their own Pi kit. However, if they would like to save their work for further use, they can purchase one hereRegister now and contact Amy Flatt for more information.

What is a Raspberry Pi?

A Raspberry Pi is a small, credit-card sized device that connects to a computer monitor and enables users to explore computing & learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. This device is capable of doing anything a desktop computer can do, including internet browsing, watching videos, making spreadsheets, and more. A Raspberry Pi also has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a variety of digital maker projects. It’s a great device for students to learn how to program and understand how computers work!

The Raspberry Pi was created by the Pi Foundation and became available for use in 2006. Four technologists came together with the realization that computer science skills were declining, and there needed to be a change in the way students interacted with computers. This lead to the creation of a small, powerful & affordable device came to life, giving those interested in programming, as well as those with no access to computers, a chance to learn new skills.

Just like those who created the Raspberry Pi, the NTC believes computer education is an imperative tool for producing exceptional learners. Technology skills are a significant component of achieving college & career readiness, which is why we also strive for every student to have access to high quality computer education.

Be sure to check back for our summer camp schedule where students will learn a variety of programming languages, and check out We Build Tech for a plethora of online learning resources.
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