On the 16th May 2014 @ 10.30 AM (EEST) International Education Association in partnership with UNICEF Lebanon will hold a national Raspberry Pi day at Dhour Choueir public high school. The theme of the day will be “learning to code and code to learn” which is the mission statement of the UNICEF Pi 4 Learning (Pi4L) initiative that will be starting this summer.

The students have been using the Raspberry Pi’s since May 2013 and will be sharing their experiences as they showcase their work using the Scratch visual programming language. “The Raspberry Pi is a low cost ($25), credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.” – Raspberry Pi FoundationScratch is an MIT visual language programming and teaching tool for kids of all ages, young developers can create interactive games, stories, animations, music projects, art projects, and much more.

A young student explans his project using the Scratch programming language on the Raspberry Pi
A young student explans his project using the Scratch programming language on the Raspberry Pi
James Cranwell-Ward Innovation lead at UNICEF Lebanon showing school students a new operating system for the Raspberry Pi
James Cranwell-Ward Innovation lead at UNICEF Lebanon showing school students a new operating system for the Raspberry Pi

The workshop will include:

  • An overview of the Raspberry Pi and the suite of tools included
  • Technical overview of hardware requirements and installation
  • An overview of the Scratch programming language
  • An introduction to implementing SCRATCH in the classroom
  • Examples of SCRATCH projects created by students in Lebanon

We will also be inviting students, parents, teachers, and principals from public and private schools in Lebanon as well as other organizations, NGOs, and leaders in education.

Find out more and register here

We are also calling for volunteers to help us run the event! If you would like to help please sign up here

James Cranwell-Ward
UNICEF Lebanon Innovation Lead

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