Raspberry Jams

Raspberry Jams are events organised by the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other Pi enthusiasts. They’re a great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi and what you can do with it, and to find like-minded people. Currently thy occur in a few cities around the world, but you can create your own event.

Education in Bénin: The Facts


In the 1990s, Bénin was notorious for having on of the world’s lowest primary school enrolment rates. Today, almost all Beninese children have access to education and a growing number are graduating from primary school. According to a Development Progress Report by the Overseas Development Institute:

What Raspberry Pi is right for you?

The truth is that the Raspberry Pi Foundation made too many types of Raspberry Pi computers, but that’s okay since now there is a Raspberry Pi for everyone.

(and we love every single one of their tiny machines equally)


There are currently SEVEN different models of Raspberry Pi computers. (Not including regional models)

Although the names of each model are fairly technical and intimidating, it’s worth understanding the differences in order to get the right one for you.


Raspberry Pi Accessories

Previous posts have covered the basics necessary to get your Raspberry Pi up and running, so I will only provide a brief summary. The bare minimum in this area is: a monitor or TV with HDMI connector, a keyboard, and a mouse. However, this is just the bare minimum, there are a wide variety of other accessories that can be used to enhance your Raspberry Pi experience – in fact, many companies are offering specialized accessories designed specifically with the Raspberry Pi in mind.

'Monty' Brings Siri-Like Voice Commands to Raspberry Pi

Voice-activated personal assistants  (think Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana) are becoming ubiquitous in the mobile and PC worlds. But options for the Raspberry Pi are less common.  James Gallagher, a 13-year-old student in Scotland, hopes to change that with his program, Monty. Monty allows users to perform basic tasks on their Raspberry Pi computers using only their voice.

What Makes the Raspberry Pi So Incredible?

This entire project revolves around the ability of the raspberry pi to educate the youth, but what makes this affordable and pocketable computer so powerful?


Incredible flexibility is the answer.


With a raspberry pi, a little creativity, and some programming knowledge, the sky's the limit.

The raspberry pi can be programmed to work with all sorts of computer systems.

-Smart phones

Astro Pi: Raspberry Pi in Space!

How would you like the chance to have your Raspberry Pi project used on the International Space Station (ISS)? UK school students were recently given this opportunity, as part of a competition organized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and several space and trade groups. Today, the winning experiments are running on a pair of enhanced Raspberry Pi computers -- dubbed Astro Pis -- on board the space station. British astronaut Tim Peake, who blasted off for the ISS aboard a Soyuz rocket in December 2015, is running the experiments for the students.

Raspberry Pi in a Container

In 2016, Cercle Social non-profit will transform old shipping containers into classrooms powered by the Raspberry Pi, in Bénin. This idea from Samsung called The solar powered internet school has solar panels on the roof that can generate nine hours of electricity a day. We will use 40 feet long container to build a portable classroom that can fit up to 21 students. The school can be moved by truck so that students in remote areas with little or no access to electricity can benefit from the curriculum and internet connectivity.

Installing Raspbian Wheezy on Mac OS X 10.10

Last week, I mentioned that there are a variety of operating systems available for the Raspberry Pi. One of the easiest for those just starting out is Raspbian Wheezy, which is based on Debian Linux. This process requires a computer and your microSD card, which will be the memory for your Raspberry Pi. You can access the Wheezy image on the Raspberry Pi website (https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads). I used a microSD card with an adapter for my laptop. This was an easy option since it easily plugged right into the existing SD slot in my machine.

Cercle Social for Education