If you’re curioushow computing and digital making can bemade accessible to everyone in 2021, you’ll want to check out therecentwork of theRaspberry PiFoundation.
Withits missionto ensure “more people are able to harness the power of computing and digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively” theUK-based charityarm of the Raspberry Pi brand is making low-cost, high-performance single-board computers and free software approachable to everyone who needs it.
TheFoundation also provides free computer science online learning content for anyone interested ingetting started or upgrading their skills. Various forms of content for online learning are available, and there is no prerequisite for learning any content on their platform. The only thing required is to sign in,save your progress, and startthelearning journey.
So,what are you waiting for? Here’s everything you need to know in 2021 so that you or a student you love can get a bona fidefreeeducation in computing science skills from Raspberry Pi:
A Tradition ofFreeComputer Science Courses
Several coursesarenowavailableatvarying levels of difficulty.Eager minds canjoin and participate in the art of computing and digital making with the help offreeresourceswhether you’re just starting out or looking to take your advanced skills to another level.
Before COVID-19, the Raspberry Pi Foundation workedwithmanyoffline local communities - however, the current situation has made theminvest in more online opportunities.While previously there werelocal communitiesat school levels helping Raspberry Pireach out to young minds through local volunteers,now Raspberry Pi has introduceda plethora ofonlinecourses onvarying topics.
Essentially, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has nowcreated a free network foranyoneto delve deep into the world of coding, app development, and computer science.
The free resources forstudentsto learn to code and become digital makers are categorized into three main themes. Depending upon the resources required for these themes, the activities are divided accordingly:
Previously, these resources required studentsto be physically present at a particular place. For instance, toLearnata CoderDojo,a student needed physical access tothe nearest dojo which had volunteered for this purpose.The same held true forjoining a Code Club.The Code Clubs allinvolved community meetingspaces,such as schools, wherethere was access to hardware resources.
Now:Free Online Learning Content
All the above-mentioned resources are still available, butnow everything is accessible online! This new ‘Learn at Home’ methodgets parents involved tohelp their children flourish in a digital world.Luckily, these resources make things easy if you’re a busy parent.With engaging, level-appropriate content,the free online content is designed to keep children happily and productively occupied.
The ‘Guided Coding Projects’are comprised of multiplelevels of coding learning resources.Digital making projects are simplified to their essentials andpresented tostudentsbased on their interests. Projects generally fall into categoriesthat students find fun, such as:
Within these major categories,you’ll find a range of interesting projects. To make any type of project,youjustneed to select fromoptionslistedunder each theme. These projects have easy-to-follow instructions and can be understoodeven by beginning learners.
From learning to make gameswithScratch tobuilding websites thatrequire an understanding of HTML/CSS, all these can beaccessedat a click and totally for free thanks to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
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