Educators learn coding, tech skills at LSC during Picademy program

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A total of 80 educators visited Liberty Science Center throughout the week of June 18, 2018 to learn coding and technology skills as part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Picademy program.

More than 1,400 applicants applied to this competitive program which supports all educators – including classroom teachers, librarians, tech coaches, after-school and community educators, and beyond – in computing with confidence, creativity, and excitement. Participants came from all over the world, with the furthest participant coming from India.

On the first day of the program, participants wrote code to control a traffic light, trigger a motion sensor, and present it to the group.

The week of learning culminated in a programming design challenge where the participants created projects using their new skills via the Raspberry Pi computer.

A few different projects included a mood detector camera that senses emotions based on the expression in someone’s face, and would be used to assist children with special needs; a modern, 2018 twist on the popular game Dance Dance Revolution where the computer tweets out a GIF of the player dancing; and a modernized version of an old-fashioned Polaroid camera that posts photos directly to social media, and even adds filters.

Congratulations to all the participants on a job well done!

Check out this video recap of the program:

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