We love it when people hack and mod pi-tops in ways we hadn’t even thought about, so when a teacher in comparative cardiovascular physiology at the University of Gothenburg and a retired engineer got in touch with us to let us know that they had modified a pi-topCEED to use it for microsurgery training, to say that we were blown away is somewhat of an understatement.
This week we’ve also shared an essay that is well worth a read, written by two members of our learning team, on how to bring social constructionism and learning by making to the under 12s.
Lastly, if you’re doing something cool and would like to be featured in our content, get in touch with us via the Twitter.
A recipe for ‘learning by making’ for younger children
In maker learning, baking, or really any creative endeavour, it’s not just about the end result. The process and the freedom to make choices and follow interests are the drivers of deep, meaningful learning.
pi-top  hero project: humanoid robot
Poppy is a 3D printed humanoid robot. The project was created for the Bett Show 2019 by Marko Mizdrak, a product manager at pi-top. Here’s how he built it.
Can you use a pi-top for microsurgery training?
We’re constantly amazed when people use our products in ways we’d not even thought of. So when Michael Axelsson and Bill Williams got in touch to tell us what they were doing with a pi-top, we were blown away. Here they are in their own words, to tell us more.
What we’ve been reading on the web this week
“While schools and parents are starting to recognize coding as one of the required literacies for children, I believe it’s important to also introduce young people to the concepts of AI and machine learning through hands-on projects so they can make more informed and critical use of these technologies.”
Busy week? Well if you’ve not had a chance to catch up on the latest education, science, maker and technology news, don’t worry, we’ve got it right here.
How to get a pi-top
If you’d like a pi-top you can buy directly from our website. If you’re an educational institution or computer club and would like to enquire about volume purchasing, get in touch today and see how pi-top can help ensure your students have the skills and approach they’ll need for an uncertain future.
If you need inspiration, advice or ideas on ways to use your pi-top, take a look at our projects page. If you’d like more detailed information, our research paper is designed for teachers, administrators and school leaders, and is fully academically researched.