Teachers Statewide Attend Boot Camp Raspberry Pi

July 25, 2017 -- Seventeen K-12 teachers from throughout New Mexico participated in a week-long boot camp at Kirtland Air Force Base this summer where they learned the essentials of using a Raspberry Pi computer for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) applications in their classrooms. The pilot program was co-sponsored by CNM and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Technology Engagement team’s AFRL La Luz Academy.
Teachers Statewide Attend Boot Camp Raspberry Pi

Jul 25, 2017

“The camp was designed to teach the educators how to use the Raspberry Pi in their classrooms – not necessarily just for programming the inexpensive computers but for increasing student interest in STEM-related studies and career paths,” said Ronda Cole, director of the AFRL La Luz Academy.

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized, affordable computer that can easily be programmed for fun, practical projects.

AFRL made available the classroom space in the Maxwell facility on the base, while CNM provided the boot camp instructor. CNM faculty member Kerry Bruce spent the week with the teachers showing them how to best use the Raspberry Pi in the classroom. Also interacting with the teachers were two AFRL scientists and four college students who talked about how they use the Raspberry Pi in research projects at the lab.

“This year’s boot camp was experimental,” said Catron Allred, director of CNM’s Education program. “We hope to expand it next year with more sessions and more teachers.”

AFRL La Luz Academy is a STEM outreach program geared to increase student interest in STEM content and career fields. It brings the basic STEM concepts behind cutting-edge technologies developed by the AFRL researchers into the classroom, motivating students to engage with STEM in a hands-on way. Each year the academy instructs 3,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in STEM activities that apply content in context.