What is a Raspberry Pi?

A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC or Mac does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games.

!!!! Coronavirus Update !!!

In light of the coronavirus pandemic's continuing evolution and the traditional nature of this summer camp (all in one room, looking over someone's shoulder to look at a circuit or python code, gym sports during breaks, etc), hosting the Raspberry Pi camp this summer in its traditional form is not possible. However, learning how to tinker with a raspberry pi and writing python scripts is very possible in a virtual environment. This year, the Peabody Raspberry Pi summer camp will be offered online. There will be a few structural changes which are detailed below:

  1. Supplies - please purchase this Raspberry Pi kit and this peripheral component kit. Canakits are very dependable and come with everything you need. Both the 2GB or 4GB options will work.
  2. Camp Experience - the strength of this summer camp lies in the small class size and 1 on 1 instruction to help students get over the first difficulties of coding and building circuits. To replicate this in an online learning environment, we will use google meet to meet as a group and one on one. The first two days will be introductory lessons but the last three days will consist of working on an individual project. The goal of the camp is to teach everyone how to be a self learner in coding and robotics.
  3. Cost - The online instruction portion of this camp will be $150. This will include the morning and afternoon meeting as well as 1-2 individual google meets per day for helping their individual projects progress.

Please feel free to email picamp@peabodyschool.org with any questions.

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic tool for learning how to code and create functioning circuits.

Once the basics are understood, the imagination can lead to endless robotic and engineering projects!

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What does my camper get to bring home?

Your camper will receive:

  • One Raspberry Pi 3 Canakit ($80 value)
  • One SunFounder programming and circuitry kit specially designed for the Raspberry pi ($45).
  • Camp binder detailing the basics of Linux, Python, and simple circuits.
  • Step by step instructions for projects such as:
    • Controlling input/ouput with switches, buttons, LEDs, motors, etc.
    • Creating automated messages
    • Resources and direction for starting a personal project

Raspberry Pi 3 Computer

SunFounder Programming and Circuitry Kit

What age group and how much does camp cost?

The cost of supplies is $150 (please purchase this Raspberry Pi kit and this peripheral component kit).

The cost of online instruction is $150 payable to The Peabody School.

When is this camp offered?

The Peabody Pi Camp is a one week, all day camp. We are offering two separate camps. Size limit is 10 campers per session to ensure the maximum time and attention can be paid to each camper's questions.

Available Camp Dates and Times

July 6th - 10th | 8:00am - 3:30pm

July 13th - 17th | 8:00am - 3:30pm

What do previous parents and campers have to say about this summer camp?

My son proclaimed Mr. Chain’s camp his favorite of the entire summer. He learned the type of coding/programming he’s been hungry for since third grade (he was 12 last summer). He has long felt that kids his age are capable of doing “real” programming, not just “Scratch,” and in Mr. Chain’s camp he finally found a teacher and group of kids who tackled serious programming in a fun, supportive environment. My son STILL tinkers with Raspberry Pi at home and recently taught himself Python, all of which he credits to Mr. Chain’s camp. Mr. Chain creates a welcoming, structured but enjoyable environment; my son couldn’t wait to get to camp each day. I appreciated Mr. Chain’s organized and clear communication with parents, also. We are grateful to him for filling this gap in tech summer camps in the area, and for generally being such a kind, thoughtful teacher.

Mary - Parent

My son had an awesome time at the Raspberry Pi camp last summer. He loved learning coding and circuitry, and spending time with Mr. Chain and his friends. After the camp ended he set up the Raspberry Pi at home and continued to experiment and create projects on his own. Actually my favorite part of the camp was that after it ended he said he couldn’t wait for school to start again in the fall!

-K. Parent

I did the Raspberry Pi Camp this past summer, and it was really fun. In the past, I have done a lot of coding camps, but using the Raspberry Pi was especially unique and interesting. I think the main reason it was so fun was because half of what we did in the camp was digital coding in Python, and the other half was wiring physically with breadboard circuits. There are so many cool things you can do with a Raspberry Pi. My favorite one that I created was a security system. It was set up so that anybody who passed through a sensor would turn on a light and make a loud beeping noise. I think this camp is great for anyone who is into coding because you can write some really interesting programs and combine them with the physical wiring of the bread board.

Connor - Camper