Raspberry Jam Youth Workshop
Saturday, June 18
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Stanley Milner Library, EPL Makerspace
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
To kick off Compute Canada’s annual High Performance Computing Symposium (HPCS) this June, Compute Canada invites students to participate in a FREE “Raspberry Jam” event on Saturday, June 18 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with lunch provided.
In partnership with the Edmonton Public Library’s Stanley A. Milner Library, this event introduces students from Grades 6-8 to computer programming using an all-in-one Raspberry Pi microcomputer.
With the goal to encourage youth to explore and create in an environment that encourages participation and inclusion, this workshop offers an opportunity to participate in an accessible, fun event with experts in computer science. Best of all, this course is suitable for participants with any level of experience in programming.
Learning about computer programming stretches kids’ minds, encourages them to think differently, and teaches problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills that will help them succeed in whichever career they pursue.
What is Raspberry Pi?
Raspberry Pi is a low cost, 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.
How can I get involved?
Registration and participation is FREE.
Teams from various schools and community organizations are invited to register for the Raspberry Jam event. The day will be structured into two sessions in the morning, covering the Raspberry Pi’s capabilities, and the Scratch programming language, with an exploration session in the afternoon. Students will join groups of two to four, and be supervised by mentors and expert instructors.
These teams will create their own computer and program, and will choose a programming project. Mentors will be on hand with suggestions of exciting project ideas like a spy camera or photo booth. A the end of the day, each team will showcase its accomplishment and receive a certificate.
The event’s goal is to build participants’ confidence, activate their curiosity, and provide them with positive technology and computing experiences.
Who is Compute Canada and why are they hosting this?
Compute Canada provides advanced research computing resources to Canadian researchers across the country and is passionate about fostering and inspiring the next generation to explore careers in high performance computing.
With its national conference being hosted in Edmonton this year, the opportunity presented itself to share Compute Canada’s passion and expertise with the local community. Raspberry Pi events are a perfect introduction to the unlimited possibilities of scientific computing and programming.
To learn more about Compute Canada, click here.