Raspberry Pi 3 – A Parent’s perspective

As a parent I am really impressed by the latest incarnation of the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi 3 with it’s significant advancement in processor performance and the additional USB ports coupled with on board WIFI now make this a very capable little computer.  I liked the previous incarnations (I have most of them) but the difference between this version and my previous models is the fact that my Raspberry Pi 3 has been commondeered by my 5 year old daughter.  What is important to me are not the same things as those which are important to my daughter.  So whilst I am happy about all the GPIO and programming possibilities or it’s ability to be set up as a mini server we can get to those things in time.

My daughter has more modest but equally as important computing needs.  She is just learning to read and write has loved the fact that Libre Office is installed.  I’ve installed CUPS so the printer is also available but she is now happily typing her own little stories on a computer which is not an iPad and learning keyboard skills and mouse control too.  She also loves paint programs like RM Colour Magic which they still love to use at school (some old software is still worth having.) To fill this gap I installed Tux Paint.  This has also been a big hit with it’s stamps, shapes, brush shapes and easy to use colour pallette.  Many happy hours have been spent using these two pieces of software.

By the time you then add scratch programming with Daddy and making geometric patterns or programming simple games (yes, Daddy’s a Computing Teacher) then the possibility of things which you can now do with a Raspberry Pi 3 make this little computer very desirable.

Today we were painting an old whiskas cat treat tub which is shaped like a cat’s head and we are going to paint it black.  Gotham will have the Bat Signal by the time we are finished we will have the Cat Signal.  I’m planning to install at least one RGB LED and then we can have a program which can control the Cat signal which she can play with.  Meanwhile it’s a great computer and crafting project.  Pictures to follow…


Raspberry Jam/Jam Packed event – August 2015

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Hi Folks,

I just want to make you aware that the Jam Packed Team will be running a Jam Packed/Raspberry Jam Event at Hamilton Grammar School, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th August 2015.

Details are still being ironed out as to the exact format of the event however the proposed running order will be along the lines of…


Friday 28th morning – pupil workshops in the school for classes from within the school
Friday 28th afternoon – CPD for teachers on getting started with the Raspberry Pi in Learning and Teaching
Friday 28th evening – “Family Hack” – pupils and parents (any age, any school) can bring a laptop for some fun filled computing challenges as presented by the Jam Packed Team.

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Saturday 29th August – Raspberry Jam
10.30am – 3.30pm

We will be hosting a Raspberry Jam event. So there will be:

  • Hack Spaces – come and <code> with friends
  • Workshops
    • Getting Started
    • Geocraft – Coding Minecraft for Raspberry Pi
    • Scratch
    • Hackasuarus
    • Sonic-Pi
    • much more… (Want to run a workshop?  let us know?)
  • Talks
    • We are planning to get some people to present their projects and explain what they’ve done and how?
    • Again, this is community driven.  So book a space to tell us what you have done.
  • Project Demonstations
    • Bring your projects and show us what you’ve done – let others have a go and share with other enthusiasts.

To control numbers all tickets for all events will be available via eventbrite.

For more information as it unfolds and follow the link to tickets from:

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The Jam Packed Team are being supported by RM and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to run these events.

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So, please come along and help make this event a success. Please contact me if you’d like to demonstate a project, lead a workshop or lead a seminar and I’ll see what we can do!!! I look forward to speaking to some of you there.