Issue #97 — Droplet

Friday 24 April 2015

Hi everyone

Last weekend the Raspberry Pi Creative Technologists were inducted at Pi Towers, and this weekend they’re off to Newcastle for Maker Faire UK – a great start to the 12 month programme. There’s a great video covering the weekend from participant Yasmin – be sure to check it out and you can register your interest for next year’s programme at

If you’re at Newcastle Maker Faire, be sure to say hi to me, the Raspberry Pi team and the Creatives group.

The Raspberry Pi was today featured on the Gadget Show in a vintage style internet radio!

This Monday and Tuesday is Picademy in Cambridge. Following that, teachers in the North of England have the opportunity to take up free Raspberry Pi teacher training closer to them than Cambridge – the Foundation’s Picademy is coming to the National STEM Centre in York at the end of May; and the new Picademy@Google in Leeds is also starting in May.

RS Components are now selling the Raspberry Pi Model B+ at just £16 – just 50p more than the Model A+.


Picture of the week


Droplet photography with lighting effects from Markus May


  • Raspberry Pi B+ now £16 from RS (
    Amazing new low price for the Model B+
  • Freehold (
    An open, secure, and lightweight platform for your files and data
    Add-on to provide the Pi Camera with additional illumination


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