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Cambridge offers free online Raspberry Pi course

Cambridge University offers free online Raspberry Pi course

By David Bayon

Posted on 3 Sep 2012 at 15:32

The University of Cambridge has released a free 12-step online course on building a basic operating system for the Raspberry Pi.

The course, Baking Pi - Operating Systems Development, is aimed at students of 16 and over with some prior programming experience, "although younger readers may still find some of it accessible, particularly with assistance".

The 12 lessons begin with the theoretical basics of what an operating system is and does, before the practical work begins.

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Students will learn to "enable and manipulate one of the board’s LEDs, then learn some graphics theory and start generating lines, text and random numbers", according to the Raspberry Pi blog. By the end they will be "manipulating text to display computed values, and learning how to build your own command line interface".

Every lesson has a question and answer section to track students' progress.

The course requires access to a Raspberry Pi with an SD card, and a second system running Windows, OS X or Linux with the ability to write to the card. All necessary software is provided for download.

The University of Cambridge has already indicated its approval of the Raspberry Pi by purchasing one for every new Computer Science student starting in 2012. The Fresher's guide for CS students has its own separate Raspberry Pi section, full of advice on getting started with the device.

The Baking Pi course was compiled by student Alex Chadwick, and is just one of a growing series of tutorials by students working as summer interns at the university.

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User comments

Sounds like fun!

This is more like it!
This kind of voluntary, interest-based programme is a much better approach than the didactic "put programming in the curriculum" proposed by many.

This sort of takes us back to the 'Golden Age' of the ZX80, BBC B, Acorn Atom, and Sinclair Spectrum. This was the environment in which I learned about the power of programmable microprocessors to provide both fun, and useful capability.

Kids (and some of us oldies...) now have access to decent, cheap hardware to play with.
It is increasingly well-supported both formally (as in this course) and informally by enthusiasts.


By wittgenfrog on 4 Sep 2012

This could be useful !

This is a good Idea! But when does it start and how does one get notified.
I suppose, I just have to wait and see !

By Amabo on 9 Oct 2012

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