The Jefferson School’s Summer Discovery Camp is quickly filling its summer line up. One of the most exciting offerings is Raspberry Pi. This small, inexpensive computer board plugs into a TV and a keyboard, creating a credit-card-sized device that has the capabilities of a personal computer without the financial investment. This affordable device is easy to use and with instruction can be utilized by children of all ages.
Eric Roberts, a current parent of two TJS students, demonstrated this piece of technology for the students at TJS. Roberts will give instruction to campers who are rising second graders through eighth grade on Raspberry Pi during a weeklong afternoon-session camp July 22-26.
Roberts has been working in the computer field for more than 25 years. He holds a BS in computer science and an MBA with a concentration in management information systems. Unlike Windows or Apple operating systems, RPi runs off Linux, which is open source and free of any charges or costs to use. With a growing community of Linux software developers writing and sharing free software, RPi makes owning a computer a reality for many households which previously could not afford one.
Roberts will be instructing the campers on how to use the Raspberry Pi units and connect them, format the SD cards, begin computer programming and much more. The cost of the camp is $150 plus a $50 materials fee which includes the RPi unit. Campers will be able to take their RPi home at the end of the week.
For more information about The Jefferson School Summer Discovery Camp program, go to www.jeffersonschool.com to download a brochure or contact Karen Letonoff at 302-856-3300.