A couple days ago (as of writing this, at least!) (on the 26th of June, 2014), I went out to a school with a staff member from University and supported a session on Raspberry pi. The session was part of a club taking place during a week where the students didn’t have regular classes and lasted the whole day – it was part of a whole week of sessions on Linux, Raspberry pi, computing, and programming done for that club.
My role as a STEM ambassador for the activity was to help out in the session when students had trouble doing something. I’m pleased to say, however, that that didn’t happen too much: the students were very awesome and learned so quickly!
They were first handed out a raspberry pi each with raspbian and other required software pre-installed and were shown how to remote control the pi with ssh and vnc and run an X session remotely without a monitor attached to the pi. They actually managed to run zenmap and find all the IP addresses of the raspberry pi, then pointed a browser to the IP addresses to find the one where they had written their name on apache’s default index page!
They also got to log in to a single raspberry pi and run as many applications as possible to see how much it could take – I was surprised to see that even with 8 different tightvncserver sessions and several applications running, it could take the load up to a point!
Overall, I was blown away by how organised the teacher and school was for the activity, and by how well-behaved and quick to learn the students were. We can definitely hope for a generation of more people interested in STEM fields if programs like this keep up!
I had an awesome time as a STEM ambassador for the activity, and I’m looking forward to supporting more activities in the future when I have time. I encourage anyone with an interest in STEM and getting more young people into the field to be an ambassador, it’s an amazing experience!
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