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Best Practices for Using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit in a Classroom or Out-of-School Setting

In the interest of maximizing student engagement and learning, Science Buddies has compiled a list of best practices for using the Raspberry Pi Projects Kit with groups of student in and out of the classroom. The best practices are also available as a PDF file for download.

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Development of Best Practices

The best practices described in this document are the culmination of a year-long collaboration with our partners: Purdue University's Women in Engineering Program and girlSPARC. Funding for the collaboration and publishing of the resulting conclusions was generously provided by Google RISE Awards and Sparkfactor.org.

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Student Audience

Ages: 3rd-10th grade (ages 8-16)
Group size: 1-3 students
Experience level: Beginner
Minimum time: 60 minutes
Maximum Time: 20 hours, cumulative

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Skills Gained

  • Programming
  • Circuit building
  • Problem solving
  • Art & creativity
  • Team communication (if working in teams)
  • Self confidence

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Our Partners

Purdue University's Women in Engineering Program (WIEP) helps women and girls discover their inner engineer. From mentoring to career development, WIEP continually encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives. WIEP programs are a place to learn, discover and explore aspects of engineering and connect with others who are also interested. They are a place of encouragement, support, and positive perspectives for those who are interested in following their dreams by pursuing an engineering degree.

girlSPARC™ (A Girls Science Plus Arithmetic Club) is dedicated to increasing the number of girls exposed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in grades 2-6. Our goal is to inspire girls to embrace STEM in a real world, hands-on setting. The program helps girls build problem solving skills, increases their confidence and exposes them to these subjects in a fun and collaborative environment.

The Google RISE Awards is an annual grant program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science for K-12/pre-university age youth.

Sparkfactor.org is the nonprofit division of Sparkfactor Design. In keeping with our Maker roots, our programs center around technological and philanthropic innovation and STEM Education for underprivileged communities.
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