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JWU Hosts First New England Edition of Picademy

Raspberry Pi mini-computers at the first-ever New England-based edition of Picademy.

6/14/17 | JWU Providence’s College of Engineering & Design recently hosted the first New England-based edition of Picademy, a free training intensive designed to give educators the tools to teach computing with confidence and creativity.

Picademy is the flagship teacher-training initiative of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based charity that “works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world.”

The Foundation partnered with JWU for this free training to promote teaching, learning and making. More than 80 K-12 educators from the US and abroad took part in the sessions, which took place in the university’s new John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation.

Previous Picademies in the United States have been held in Mountain View, California; Baltimore, Maryland; and Austin, Texas.

JWU’s Commitment to STEM Education
“Johnson & Wales University’s commitment to education and its enthusiastic support of our mission made them a natural partner to help upskill educators locally and from all over the country,” said Matt Richardson, executive director of Raspberry Pi Foundation North America. “The Picademy workshop is our premier educator training program and is an opportunity for the most enthusiastic and engaged educators to get hands-on with computers and digital making. We’re looking forward to ... a continued collaboration with Johnson & Wales University.”

Event Draws Educators from US + World
Each two-day training session drew 40 educators from across the United States and other parts of the world. Twenty-nine of the accepted applicants were from Rhode Island. Other US applicants traveled from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Vermont. International trainees came from as far as Singapore, India and Canada.

“The John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation at Johnson & Wales University is an ideal venue for innovative training sessions, like Picademy USA, that help educators equip students with the computing and technology skills needed to compete in today’s workforce,” said Frank Tweedie, dean of JWU Providence’s College of Engineering & Design. “JWU is contributing to the STEM workforce by providing a forum that presents educators with the skills and knowledge to prepare students for their post-secondary education.”

After successful completion of the sessions, all workshop attendees became Raspberry Pi Certified Educators, joining 1,000 other educators worldwide.

Educators work on group projects.

Coding and making at Picademy.

Pi motherboard

Topics: Providence Engineering + Design