Send a Message to Space on Astro Pi Mission Zero and CyberFirst Role Model Talk with West Country Computing Hub
This month, West Country Computing Hub will be looking to the skies when they share details of how students can send a message to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Astro Pi Mission Zero, led by Raspberry Pi is an exciting space challenge for students aged 14 years and under. Learners have the opportunity to write a simple programme to take a humidity reading onboard the International Space Station and communicate it to the astronauts with a personalised message to be displayed for 30 seconds!
Entries are open until Friday 19 March 2021.
Raspberry Pi are also offering the opportunity for schools to host a CyberFirst role model talk for students to find ways to address the gender disparity in Computing.
Part of the Department for Education's Gender Balance in Computing (GBIC) project, this new programme of research will be the largest national research effort to date to address gender balance in Computing.
More than 700 schools have already begun working with Raspberry Pi to explore the different approaches to finding out what works to encourage girls to develop an interest in Computing during their primary and secondary school years, and thereby increase the number who choose to study the subject at GCSE and A Level.
There are still places available to join the non-formal learning trial for Year 8 students starting in April.
The aim of the non-formal learning trial is to strengthen the links between non-formal learning and studying computing at GCSE or A Level. Girls are often unaware that their non-formal learning about Computing can help them in their formal studies.
Girls are also better represented in non-formal Computing clubs than in formal settings where Computing is taught, i.e. they are engaging with Computing beyond the classroom, but not in their formal studies.
In the non-formal learning trial, Raspberry Pi have created specific resources for schools running Code Clubs and Apps for Good programmes, which signpost the links between non-formal and formal learning of Computing, and how these can lead to future career/subject choices later in life.