February 2020- pi-top Workshop

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On Saturday, February 7th, UTeach Maker partnered with pi-top to host the first weekend workshop of the Spring semester at UT Austin. Future teachers from UT Austin and St. Edwards University, as well as current teachers from the local area, had an opportunity to try out their coding skills. The workshop started with introductions and time for teachers to interact with the pi-top facilitators.

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The interactive, hands-on workshop focused on learning by making. Educators used the new pi-top [4] platform to code using Python and engage in physical computing. Even those with no previous coding experience found the workshop tools easy to use. Many thanks to the pi-top team whose expertise in physical computing, coding, and basic electronics was vital in guiding us.

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New and veteran makers worked together on a variety of coding activities and they had the chance to run through a project-based “challenge” hosted on pi-top’s Further platform. After the activity, the makers shared insights gained from working with the tools and then reflected on the uses for the classroom. Five makers also went home with a pi-top 3!!! We look forward to our continued partnership with the pi-top crew!

Feb. 9, 2020