Thursday, August 7th, 2014
In June of 2013, ScienceFist was pleased to combine forces with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce to give away 60 Raspberry Pi computers. We had more than 90 educators and out-of-school providers show up to get their free computer and a glimpse of what it can do.
The Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer that was designed as an open source device. It runs on a Linux operating system, and is surprisingly easy to work with. We had the support of John Moosemiller from the IIT Boeing Scholars and our presenter Christian Vozar. Google opened up the top floor of their Kinzie Street location and was a most gracious host for our parade of science enthusiasts. Element 14 provided free SD cards that were already formatted and loaded up with NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Systems) that can be used to run the computers.
Most of the people there were learning about these for the first time, and they benefited from hearing about all of the interesting projects they could be used in.
During a tour of the facilities our host Jesse Chavez took us past one of the electromagnets from the recently decommissioned Tevatron. Many of our guests were more impressed with the Next Box computer, and its original magnesium casing. Everybody likes what they like.
Here are some of the materials that were passed out that night. Pay attention to the Top 10 Things to do with a Raspberry Pi According to Students. It was written by a high school senior, and told to teachers at the end. Very brave!
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