Inside FedEx: Pi Edition

Inside FedEx: Pi Edition

The second project for the Raspberry Pi Kids class was a success! The kids programmed their Raspberry Pi to take a photo every 30 seconds and then they packaged the pi in a box with a hole for the camera module and a battery to power the whole thing. We got some pretty awesome photos as the pi travelled thru the FedEx facilities including a bumpy ride in the delivery truck, a conveyer belt ride, some creepy hands, a tiny disappearing head and more – much fun!...
Raspberry Pi balloon launch!

Raspberry Pi balloon launch!

The 2014 KidTech class project #1 was a great success! Each team of 3 kids built and programmed their Raspberry Pis, taped them inside a small box with a battery for power and today, we launched each tied to a large weather balloon on a 300′ tether. We got some great aerial photos of the Santa Barbara coastline and Shoreline Park....
Raspberry Pi class for kids

Raspberry Pi class for kids

One of our goals at Outside Open is to pass on the love of technology to others.  This summer we are offering a class on computers to Kids age 9 and over in Santa Barbara. The class is based on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer and the goal is to introduce kids to programming and creative problem solving using technology. Participants will each build and program a Raspberry Pi and camera module to complete two photo based projects. Project #1 – Tethered aerial photography Attach a Raspberry Pi to a large helium weather balloon on a very long string and program the Pi to take photos from above. Project #2 – What does the box see? Install a Raspberry Pi in a cardboard box with a hole for the camera and mail the box via FedEx while taking photos every 30 seconds. Kids will learn how to build and set up a Raspberry Pi computer, and will write an intervalometer program to take a photo every x seconds.  In addition to the technical challenges, the class will also need to solve real-world problems related to mounting and packaging the equipment in a box and on the balloon, processing and compiling video from the resulting images and dealing withe the shipping vendor on pricing and logistics. There are still a couple of openings, please contact us if your kid is interested and available Tuesdays & Thursday for the next 3 weeks.   Kid Tech 2014 Schedule This class is based on the amazing Raspberry Pi single board computer.  The goal is to introduce kids to programming and creative problem solving using technology. The class is free...