I was enchanted by the size of the Raspberry Pi and by its possibilities but found the setup to be pretty complicated – more complicated than I thought most kids could handle without a gadgety parent in the home. So I decided I would try to fill that role and would send kids soaring once they got a Raspberry Pi up and running. The only problem is, I was wrong. So terribly wrong.
Because the really cool thing about the Raspberry Pi isn’t the $35 price tag or its tiny size. The cool thing is that access to the input and output pins that work with sensors, motors, motion detectors and all manner of things that involve “physical computing”, that is using computer code to make something happen in the physical world. I failed to grasp that the first time around and no one showed any interest in pursuing or even owning a Pi. So I took a step back and changed it all around.
I still use the Raspberry Pi at the Lab and still think it’s the coolest thing since jelly beans but I keep finding myself revising and reinventing what I teach as my vision clarifies and I learn from watching the kids – and a few adults- who undertake this amazing Do It Yourself journey with me.
This blog, Gadget Gab, is where I’ll post my observations, share links and chronicle what I learn. I have a million posts rattling around my brain, I can’t wait to let them out.