Raspberry Pi Foundation brings Picademy free training courses to the USA
Raspberry Pi is a small and affordable piece of hardware designed in the UK in 2008, intended to facilitate students to learn programming skills and build things. Since 2014, the UK education secretary adapted its computing curriculum to include early programming requirements for children as young as 5 years old.
There was a major missing element, however, in order for this plan to succeed: students would only be able to learn technical skills if teachers were available to teach them. In order to address this problem, the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched Picademy, a free two-day professional development course intended for teachers. The program was launched in April 2014 by Anne Philbin – a former computing teacher who has won awards for good teaching practices and generating video content to attract girls into computing and programming – and it has continued to train UK professors since then under the sponsorship of Google.org.
Picademy sessions provide teachers with the opportunity to learn new skills, get used to the equipment and think about strategies to share their knowledge with students. During the second day of the course, teachers collaborate to develop physical projects to perform more advanced code.
Starting in February 2016, Picademy courses have been offered in the United States as well. The first session grouped 40 teachers in California to learn and create their projects. You can apply now to the next Picademy USA session to take place in April 2016.