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Physical computing with the Pibrella: the transition from block-based to text-based programming

Chris Napier, Newcastle University


This hands-on workshop will introduce the use of the Pibrella ( add-on to the Raspberry Pi which are approximately £10 each. The Pibrella uses the Raspberry Pi GPIO pins to control lights and a piezo buzzer and to easily expand to other inputs and outputs. The workshop will cover light shows and playing music with the buzzer as well as use of the other input/output connections to communicate between Raspberry Pis. The Pibrella supports programming with Scratch or Python for primary or secondary school and would act as a good tool to transition between block-based programming to a text-based language.

The session will be available in both Scratch or Python so you can come along and choose what you feel best suits your level of programming.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4

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Chris Napier's biography

Chris Napier is a PhD Student within the Teaching Innovation Group here at the School of Computing. He is an active member of our Outreach team and contributes to the running of events and sessions.

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