Raspberry Jam computer workshops to be held at BVCTC

Computer fans — of throughout-the-board talent levels and age agencies — are invited to spread some loose “Raspberry Jam” information — and benefit data and insight — an early subsequent month at BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

From midday until five p.M. On Saturday, March 2, a “Raspberry Jam” consultation will take location at the college, 1201 Science Park Drive in South Charleston. Admission will be free.

Free workshops might be to be had, with BVCTC, West Virginia State University and different students and contributors of the public discussing topics including the Raspberry Pi unmarried-board computer systems, Arduino open-supply electronic prototyping platforms, home automation, moral hacking, and other era-associated topics. Specific workshop topics will include the way to mild an LED Stoplight with Scratch or Python and a way to regulate “Minecraft” using best Python coding. Pamphlets filled with records for Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects (or the ones implementing both) might be available to claim (as will unfastened refreshments) on the afternoon Jam.

Participants are encouraged to convey their personal Raspberry Pi or Arduino tasks to the Jam to “display and inform” as famous.

Developed inside the United Kingdom by the nonprofit Raspberry Pi Foundation, the single-board computers had been delivered seven years ago, at the start meant for growing nations, and that they have accumulated a developing, international following. The devices can be used to learn pc programming and might form the premise of engaging, academic initiatives, along with robotics. The foundation offers low-fee, high-performance computers and outreach and training to assist more people to get entry to computing and virtual making.

The basis develops loose resources to assist people to learn about computing and a way to make matters with computer systems. It additionally trains educators who can guide different human beings to examine.

One such person is Brett White of Dunbar, the best certified Raspberry Pi educator in West Virginia, who is coordinating and overseeing this 12 months’ Raspberry Jam sports.

White, alongside contributors of West Virginia State University’s Computer Science, Mathematics and Robotics Club, sponsored a Raspberry Jam event — the first in the Mountain State — within the Institute college’s Wilson Student Union in March 2018. Like this year’s collecting at BVCTC, it’s going to coincide with the global Raspberry Jam Big Birthday Weekend.

“Last 12 months’ Raspberry Jam turned into a powerful hit,” White said a remaining week. “We exceeded expectancies; I thought maybe 40 to 50 human beings might display up. We exceeded that and had about 90 humans come.”

He stated the Raspberry Jam is formatted to be a casual, especially informal amassing. “You shouldn’t be into laptop science. You can discover ways to tinker with matters and make gadgets to apply across the residence. You can learn how to play your old video games like back within the day. We’ll have stands that’ll display you how to do that. You can discover ways to make your own home 3-d printer wi-fi and print something you want to from the comfort of your sofa.”

White said the Raspberry Pi changed into advanced initially as a way to teach technology, era, math and technological know-how in primary and middle schools.

“They’re low price enough to get a category a fixed of them, and that they’re easy to apply,” he defined.

“Its reputation, in trendy, is at an all-time, however, regionally, it is still trying to advantage traction. One aspect I’m leaning on from doing this is that I’d like in order to seize interest and gain traction in this place. There became an excellent deal of interest from folks who got here to the Raspberry Jam last year. I’m hoping this year I even have some humans show off their initiatives, as properly.”

Information on how to use a Raspberry Pi is to be had on the foundation’s website, raspberrypi.Org.

A 2018 WVSU Computer Science graduate, White, 23, has spoken and given shows at Raspberry Jam activities in Virginia and Maryland. He specializes in the Internet of Things and Smart Home programming.

Along with BridgeValley Community and Technical College, Thunder Entertainment, Parsec Gaming, Initial State Technologies, The Computer Science, Mathematics and Robotics Club of West Virginia State University, Raider Industries of WV and the YEEThouse Gaming Group are sponsoring this yr’s Raspberry Jam.