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Have you heard of a Raspberry Pi Bake-Off before? Have you heard of a Raspberry Pi? A Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing. We are hosting a Raspberry Pi Bake-Off that allows makers (which can be you) to show off their creations for a chance to win prizes on the eve of Pi Day, March 13, 2018, at UCA's Makerspace. You can RSVP as a spectator or you can create your own project and show it off. 

 
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Want to create the next awesome Raspberry Pi Project?

The deadline to apply to create a project is March 6 at 8:00 p.m.

 

What’s a Raspberry Pi?

Put the oven-mitts away, there’s no literal baking required for this one.  The Raspberry Pi is an affordable, credit card sized, micro-computer designed to help people learn computer science.  Since its launch in 2012, the single board computer has become tremendously popular and widely used by hobbyists and educators alike.  With multiple models available the price of a Pi ranges from just $5 to about $35.  With costs so low it is easy to see how these fully functional microcomputers have become incredibly popular for diverse projects.  You can learn more about the Pi from the Raspberry Pi Foundation: https://www.raspberrypi.org/

What’s a Raspberry Pi Bake-off?

It’s a chance to show off your project and have some fun with other makers. This event encourages makers to create a fun (and/or useful) project using a Raspberry Pi (or compatible single board computer) to display on the eve of Pi Day, March 13, 2018, at UCA's Makerspace on Donaghey, in Conway.

Judges and the crowd will pick their favorites and choose who gets the glory, the fame and prizes. If you are curious, but not up for making a project, you can just come support your favorite maker and check out what others made.

How do I participate?

Sign-up is free and open to all. Submit your project idea and answer a few questions so we’re ready for you. Please remember that projects will be on display in a relatively crowded room, with the lights on for an hour and a half on March 13. As such, we want to make sure projects are safe and do not require a dark environment. Sorry night-time dependent projects and flamethrowers - the Pi bake-off probably isn’t your place to shine. It is also a good idea to consider how you will show-off your project in action (e.g. if you did a media server you might want to make a visual aid to explain why it’s cool since being a media server isn’t very interesting to look at, or maybe yours is???).

Makers should have their project ready on March 13.

We will have a group work session to finish or test your projects, meet and greet each other and prep for the event one week prior (March 6th) at the UCA's Makerspace.

The deadline to apply to create a project is March 6 at 8:00 p.m.

 

Contact our Master Maker, Jason Huselton, and our Maker Mentor, Shawn Goicoechea with the Locals, through email at jason@arconductor.org and shawn@laluchaspace.com with any questions.

 

Don't want to create a project, but you want to see what everyone else has done?

If you've ever heard some geeks talking about the Raspberry Pi and wondered what it was and what it did? Or why they needed a keyboard for a pie?  You are in luck! As Pi Day (March 14) approaches your local makers are gearing up for a Raspberry Pi Bake-off.  No, not ‘p-i-e’ -- this event is a showcase of maker creations that feature the popular, affordable ($5-$35) micro-computer that shares its name with the tasty dessert.

You can come see what makers are doing with the Raspberry Pi, have some actual pie (the dessert kind), and check out the UCA Makerspace on Donaghey on March 13, 2018, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm.  The event is free and open to all.

Please understand registering as a spectator means you will be viewing other projects. You can learn from these makers as to how they made it happen and how the Raspberry Pi works, but this does not mean you are promised hands-on learning for how to create a Raspberry Pi. We are hoping to have a Learn-To or How-To class on Raspberry Pi soon!

Come see what all the talk is about and help pick the crowd favorite. Now is the time to RSVP!

March 13 // 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. // UCA's Makerspace

 

Need Inspiration?

Click on these links to see a couple of examples of Raspberry Pi creations from makers around the world.