Matt Moore – Learn to code with Raspberry Pi, Microbit, MakeyMakey

The first Codemill Digital skills meetup of 2018 had Matt Moore, a Primary Computing Specialist, talk about the techniques to teach young people to write code using Raspberry Pi, Microbit, and MakeyMakey, and how these tools let people learn to code in a simple, fun and accessible way.

Some projects and ideas mentioned:

  • Raspberry Pi:
    • #cheerlights – there is a project run through twitter, if you tweet cheerlights + colour, any device in the world connected to the network changes to that color
    • They have tried introducing what a Raspberry Pi is by putting a retro gaming console on the display wall and clearly showing all the individual pieces needed to make the games work.
    • Sense HAT
    • SonicPi
  • Microbit:
    • Making robo heads and using the screen to make sad or happy faces
  • MakeyMakey:
    • Finding things that are conductive
  • Combined Microbit with Raspberry Pi:
    • Making in instrument out of a wall
    • Making sound boards
    • Making a paper button into a real button


You can view the talk and see the slides here:


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