Hudson Girl Scouts Build a Raspberry Pi

A Comcast Cares Day STEM Event

May 12, 2017

 

 

submitted by Beth Baker, Leader, Hudson Cadette Troop 12360

This was not the kind of pie that you eat.  Instead, it was a calorie-free slice of technology that local kids could sink their teeth into.  It was a Raspberry Pi without the “e.”

Hudson Girl Scout Troop 12360 joined Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 22 to conduct a special project targeted specifically at getting local girls and boys engaged in technology.  Kids in third through eighth grade came out to learn about the components of computer networks and build a Raspberry Pi mini-computer.

This tiny and affordable computer teaches the students how to program through fun, practical projects.  After putting the components of the Pi together, wiring it up, and connecting the mini-computer, the girls and boys then wrote programs.  By following the instructions and making sure the commands were correct, they got to make a gummy bear “BURP” (and lots of other fun noises); learn how animated characters, such as the Minions, are given life on screen; and discover how video games are created.