We are on today. Here are the very nice comments from Liz Upton:
I met Tom Dubick about a year ago at Hackerspace Charlotte, NC. He teaches engineering to the girls at Charlotte Latin School, and we believe his class was the first to be using the Raspberry Pi in the United States.
He and a group of his 13-year-old pupils have just given a TEDx talk called How Girls Should Serve Raspberry Pi. The girls here are presenting the projects they’ve made with Raspberry Pi over this semester, but there’s another important message here: we know that STEM subjects are not just for boys, but we should recognise that not all girls are the same, so our teaching approach is doomed if we decide that the only way to get girls into engineering subjects is to “shrink it and pink it”.
Keep watching — the projects get better and better. (Rolling backpack indicator lights FTW!)
Recently, my seventh grade girls engineering class participated at a local TEDx talk. It features girls who used Raspberry Pi in their technology projects. One young lady made a room alarm to alert her when her little sister snuck into her room. Another girl added turn signals to her rolling backpack. (Not bad for seventh graders.) We are now teaching kids both physically and virtually about programming and physical computing using the Raspberry Pi, I guess I have taught more than 150 kids so far. I know this is small compared to Britain, but it is a start. We have some curricular materials if anyone is interested. The materials included traditional programming and physical computing. We are now developing a network security unit for middle school children.