We have been overwhelmed with news to report this week. Starting with the most important, you’ll be glad to know that Ben’s Raspberry Pi did, in fact, survive the washing machine. After drying it out for two days in a jar of rice, he booted it successfully. Great to know that the Pi can stand being submerged in 40° water for a couple of hours.
In other news, we have a new release of Raspbian – including Sonic Pi, improved Scratch, PyPy, PiFace Python libraries and Oracle’s JDK (Java), and we’ve got a new version of NOOBS, which was in Beta last week – now fully released at v1.3.
Yesterday, Clive Beale from the Raspberry Pi Foundation was on BBC television with Emma Mulqueeny from Young Rewired State, both talking about the opportunities we’re giving to kids by providing them with a Raspberry Pi or teaching them the basics in Scratch or some programming language, and what they will soon pick up like second nature. Here’s a brilliant video showing Madlab‘s involvement in the Young Rewired State Festival of Code earlier this year – just shows how inspiring young people can be with guidance and collaboration. Amazing things can happen!
We also spotted a fantastic project last night – someone made the Adventure Time character BMO (pronounced beemo), who takes the form of a personified GameBoy-like hand-held games console, a reality by building one from lego and bringing it to life with a Raspberry Pi and miniature LCD screen! Very cool indeed. Algebraic, one might say.
Ben will be helping out at the PHPNW conference in Manchester this weekend, kicking off what will be an event filled October. Meanwhile, Ryan’s planning to crack on with the RPiDNS client for Raspbian.
Live long and prosper
Ben & Ryan
Picture of the week
Software developer Michael Thomas created this wonder for BrickCon 2013.
“I came up with the idea a few months ago. I had purchased a Raspberry Pi and was trying to come up with interesting unique projects to make use of it. Being a fan of Lego, I’m also always looking for creative Lego builds to take on. I had seen some other Raspberry Pi Lego cases, and I knew the two fit well together. Around that time, I was also just starting to watch episodes of ‘Adventure Time.’ It was hard not to enjoy Finn and Jake’s lovable electronic companion, BMO. It didn’t take much at that point to decide that I should attempt to bring BMO to life, with Lego skin and a Raspberry Pi heart.”
New Materials for the OCR Computing Course (raspberrypi.org)
The OCR Computing GCSE now in its second phase of development
New Raspbian & NOOBS Releases (raspberrypi.org)
The Foundation announces the latest Raspbian and NOOBS images
XMBC Performance Improvement (raspberrypi.org)
Lots of work has gone in to improving XBMC on the Pi, the Foundation explains
Broadcom MASTERS (raspberrypi.org)
Eben & Liz leading Raspberry Pi sessions and giving STEM Careers talks in DC
Raspberry Pi on the Menu in Jersey Schools (jersey.isle-news.com)
Clive to visit Jersey schools launching new IT education program with the Pi
Wireless Smoke Alarm (safefiredirect.co.uk)
Build a smoke alarm that sends an email and text message when it goes off
The Fortune Teller (bigl.es)
A fortune telling machine constructed by Les Pounder with Python and PiFace
Car PC Project (engineering-diy.blogspot.ro)
Make your own car PC with a Raspberry Pi, GPS, mini touchscreen and a camera
Articles & more
Raspberry Pi: Teaching Coding Skills (bbc.co.uk)
Clive and Emma speaking about coding at the BBC
Lego Raspberry Pi BMO (news.cnet.com)
Adventure Time's BMO comes to life with some lego and a Raspberry Pi
MagPi Issue 17 Out Now (raspberrypi.org)
Robotics, Lego Motors, Python, Scratch, Eye-tracking and Cannon Ball Physics
Do All Kinds Of Amazing Things (businessinsider.com)
A review of the Pi, showing it can do "all kinds of amazing things"
Cambridge School in Racing Car Project (cambridge-news.co.uk)
ARM supports school team with Racing Car Project
Teachers and Students at PyconUK (theguardian.com)
Notes from the Education Track at last month's Python Conference in Coventry
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