Pi Camp 2017 – Full Description



Pi Camp 2017

@ Q Academy
July 24 – 28 or Aug  8 – 11

  • What is the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a £25/$35 US computer that was originally created to help solve the issue of a decline in the computing skills of children in the UK. It has since been re-purposed by an eager community of hackers and makers and can be found powering projects around the world and in space, including commercial and industrial. In the past 5 years, more than 11 million have been sold worldwide.

  • Computation Thinking

The goal of Pi Camp, taught instructors from Victoria PiMakers, is to help teens learn about computers, to help them participate in shaping a digital world.  It is a great introductory course for kids who are interested in computers.

Computational thinking is at the heart of the learning. It covers a broad range of knowledge and skills including, but not limited to:

  • Logical reasoning – moving from a step to the next logically related step.
  • Algorithmic thinking – thinking in discrete steps that describe a computational problem that we wish to solve.
  • Pattern recognition – seeing and understanding the patterns that occur in a computational problem that we wish to solve.
  • Abstraction – taking specific events and relating them to an idea that describes all the specific events.
  • Decomposition – breaking a (computational) problem into small steps.
  • Debugging – determining why a computer program is not working and resolving the problems.
  • Problem-solving – finding solutions to complex problems


  • Pi Camp Learning Outcomes

We will cover an introduction to:

  • Hardware – what is a computer
    • System on chip
    • Connectors, types, uses
    • GPIO (General Purpose Input Output)
  • Basic electrical circuits
  • Operating Systems – The foundation of computer software
    • Linux a different OS
    • Graphical User Interface
    • Command Line Interface
  • Programming – making the computer do what we want:
    • Programming languages, such as Python

The result, after completion of this camp the student will:

  • Have a basic understanding of computational thinking
  • Understand the basics of computer hardware
  • Be able to design and build simple electrical circuits
  • Know that there are different operating systems and compare the differences
  • Be able to use the Linux operating system
  • Be able to create and debug simple computer programs

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