Raspberry Jam workshops have been running for around a year now. So what is a Raspberry Jam?
It's a rapidly growing global network of user groups that meet every month to support hobbyists, developers, teachers, students, children and families – in fact, anybody that would like to put their Raspberry Pi to good use. Some of our regular members are volunteers for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. At our meetings we have helpful people who can help you with everything you need to get what you want from your Raspberry Pi.
You do not need to have a Raspberry Pi to come to a meeting. In fact, not having one is an excellent motive for coming along. You will discover what you can do with a Raspberry Pi if and when you do decide to buy.
The Silicon Raspberry Jam will be a family-sized offering. If you'd like to know more about the Pi, learning to program, or if you have a family member who is interested then this is for you. Raspberry Jam will be running on the Friday and Saturday of the festival - the former aimed more towards schools. The Saturday will feature as part of the main festival and will be more suitable for families, younger family members, hobbyists - in fact just about anyone!
As an added bonus, we'll also have a Retro Jam! This is an 80s classroom setup, with a number of fully restored and working BBC Microcomputers!
Aside from the 80s-meets-Pi angle, what makes our Jam different? We asked for feedback via our social networking channels and we've listened. We're tearing up parts of the rule book that has previously put people off coming to a Jam - especially parents and older children. Here's why...
Firstly, we're doing this as part of a fun family festival which means a great atmosphere. It's not a village hall and it definitely isn't a school. As learning environments go, they don't come more fun or relaxing as this!
Secondly, we've listened to what parents and children want. We want to give what the public want, not what an educational curriculum wants. If it's useful or fun and we can do it, we'll give it a go.
Thirdly, most of us aren't teachers. Our team comprises mostly of industry professionals. Computers aren't just our hobby, it's been our livelihoods for years. Thinking back to when we were all teenagers, asking a teacher sometimes wasn't "cool" but it was okay to speak to someone we aspired to be like in the future. Moreover, teachers aren't industry experts and industry experts aren't teachers, but we hope we'll get it right.
Finally, all of this means that we hope you won't feel intimidated coming to us for advice or help. We have a friendly honest approach and also like to think that we know how to have fun!
Come to our Jam and we'll have people from industry and education. We'll even have some genuine Raspberry Jam tart makers! A great quality recipe!
The four elements of the day will include :-
- Introduction to BBC BASIC
- Introduction to Raspberry Pi
- Retro systems and gaming challenge
- Tour of Silicon Dreams, VCF-GB and Snibston Discovery Museum
The winner of our challenge will win a Raspberry Pi starter kit - including a Raspberry Pi mini computer, custom case, leads and memory card!
If you have any further questions then please don't hesitate to get in touch via our contact page.