Staff Picademy and the sacrificial Babbage
Refill the coffee machine, unpack the sacrificial Babbages, and refresh the micro SD cards — it’s staff Picademy time!
Once a year, when one of our all-staff meeting brings together members of the Raspberry Pi team from across the globe, we host staff Picademy at our office. It’s two days of making and breaking where the coding-uninitiated — as well as the more experienced people! — are put through their paces and rewarded with Raspberry Pi Certified Educator status at the end.
What is Picademy?
Picademy is our free two-day professional development programme where educators come together to gain knowledge and confidence in digital making and computing. On Day 1, you learn new skills; on Day 2, you put your learning to the test by finding some other participants and creating a project together, from scratch!
Our Picademy events in the United Kingdom and in North America have hosted more than 2000 Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, who have gone on to create after-school coding clubs, makerspaces, school computing labs, and other amazing things to increasethe accessibility of computing and digital making for tens of thousands of young people.
Why do we run staff Picademy?
Because we stand by what we preach: we believe in learning through making, and we want our staff to be able to attend events, volunteer at Picademy, Code Clubs, CoderDojos, and Raspberry Jams, and feel confident in what they say and do.
And also, because Picademy is really fun!
You don’t need to be techy to work at Raspberry Pi: we’re not all engineers. Our staff ranges from educators and web developers to researchers, programme managers, administrators, and accountants. And we think everyone should give coding a shot, so we love getting our staff together to allow them to explore a new skill — and have some fun in the process.
At our staff Picademy events, we’ve made everything from automated rock bands out of tin foil to timelapse buggies, and it really is a wonderful experience to see people come together and, within two days, take a skillset that may be completely new to them and use it to create a fully working, imaginative project.
If you’re an educator looking to try something new in your classroom, keep an eye on our channels, because we’ll be announcing dates for Picademy 2019 soon. You will find them on the Picademy page and see them pop up if you follow the #Picademy tag on Twitter. We’ll also announce the dates and locations in our Raspberry Pi LEARN newsletter, so be sure to sign up.
And if you’d like to join the Raspberry Pi team and build something silly and/or amazing at next year’s staff Picademy, we have roles available in the UK, Ireland, and North America.
I love Picademy. Especially Picademy with staff. Go Babbage. Go Team!
Raspberry Pi Staff James Robinson
The last two days have been fantastic. I never get tired of seeing people engaging with programming and digital making.
We’ve seen some fantastic projects and many of my colleagues taking themselves out of their comfort zone and having fun at the same time.
So proud! :-)
Raspberry Pi Staff Carrie Anne
Love seeing colleagues embracing the maker challenge! #squadgoals
Raspberry Pi Staff Darren
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of PPicademy before we started, however having now completed it what can I say other than truly inspirational and enormous fun.
We have such an amazing team within Raspberry Pi that deliver the Picademy training and I would strongly recommend that anyone with a strong interest in Digital making to attend a Picademy near them in the future.
Really great seeing the team come together to learn, increase their skills, try new things, and allow themselves to get creative!!! Shout out to the team for leading such a great program!!!
I believe you they are sacred Baggages and not sacrificial Babbages!