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Raspberry Pi

Our partnership with Raspberry Pi will help young people develop skills in problem solving, resilience and creativity, alongside key digital skills essential for today and tomorrow.

Raspberry Pi are passionate about inspiring and supporting your interest in digital making.

Sharing their skills and knowledge, Raspberry Pi will support you to develop your digital making skills. Making things with technology can help young people learn how to solve problems, build resilience, help their communities and express themselves.

Raspberry Pi has created a suite of resources to guide you through digital making.

 

Leader training livestream


Badge and resources

We have been working hard to make sure that the badge is relevant and accessible. The activities presented here are relevant to scouting, and we will continue to release new activities that support the badge over the coming months. We are working to make the Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge accessible by providing every scout leader with the confidence, support, and kit that enables you to offer the badge to your young people.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is committed to making the Digital Maker Staged Activity badge accessible, so you are able to complete the majority of our recommended resources using any desktop or laptop computer and without any specialist equipment (e.g. Raspberry Pi computers).
You are also able to complete our "unplugged" resources without using any technology at all.

Keen to get stuck in? Check out the activities below:

do your :bit challenge

do your :bit is a global micro:bit challenge for 8 - 18 year olds. Test your imagination and combine creativity and technology to come up with solutions for the Global Goals by tackling the issues we’re facing today. This challenge helps you work towards your Stage 4 and 5 Digital Maker Staged Activity Badges.

Entries are open from 11th January 2021 to the 4th June 2021.

Find out more on the Micro:bit website

Digital Making at Home

Join young people from all over the world on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s weekly live stream. We’ll chat, code together, hear from cool people, and see amazing digital making projects from young tech creators.

Digital Making at Home

Digital Maker Badge Stage 1 

Computers in the real world

Go for a walk outside and notice how technology interacts with everyday life.

Ages: 6 to 8 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Compass coding

Use coding skills and compass directions to help a ScoutBot get to camp.

Ages: 6 to 14 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Create a campsite

Use Scratch, a digital coding program, to create your own digital art.

Ages: 6 to 8 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Compass coding (tech-free version)

Become a ScoutBot, and follow codes and compass directions to get back to camp.

Ages: 6 to 8 | Takes: 25 minutes

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Digital Maker Badge Stage 2

Pixel Art

Create and code your own paper pixels as you find out how computers display images.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 20 minutes

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Digital leaf identifier

Use a simple computer programme to create something that’ll help identify different leaves.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Leave the teams up to Scratch

Take the hassle out of choosing teams by making a programme to do it for you.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Pixel art bugs

Animate a creepy crawly using a simple, free programme.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 20 minutes

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Micro:bit campfire music

Teach your micro:bit a tune, ready for your next campfire.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Swing it, shake it, move it, make it

Make a micro:bit game and see which group can score the highest.

Ages: 10½ to 14 | Takes: 1 hour

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Micro:bit treasure hunt

Use a micro:bit project to send graphics in this tech-filled treasure hunt.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Make a micro:bit map

Create a map of a wilderness area using Scratch and a micro:bit.

Ages: 8 to 14 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Digital Maker Badge Stage 3 

Make a website

Create a website to showcase your group with both HTML and CSS code.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 1 hour

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Present your digital project

Get ready to share with a quick-fire presentation. What went well, and what did you learn?

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 30 minutes

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Interactive map

Create a custom map using Google Earth and the programming language KML. Which locations will you share?

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Graphics for games

Choose a theme, then design the sprites and background for a computer game.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Micro:bit step tracker

Design pixel art icons and write a python program to create a digital step tracker.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 45 minutes

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Present your projects with videos

Plan, film, and edit a video presentation about one of your digital maker projects.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 2 hours

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Digital Maker Badge Stage 4

Make it 'til you've made it

Put your digital skills to the test to solve a Scouts challenge.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Project Rubric Sheet Stage 4
PDF – 133.0KB

Digital Maker Badge Stage 5

Let's get real

Put your digital making skills to the test by solving a real-world problem.

Ages: 10½ to 18 | Takes: 4 hours

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Project Rubric Sheet Stage 5
PDF – 136.2KB


Make Do Share

MDS34 When Coding And Art Collide
PDF – 338.5KB
MDS Be A Secret Agent
PDF – 1.2MB
MDS Cipher Wheel
PDF – 44.6KB
MDS Gaming For Good
PDF – 2.8MB
MDS Reaction Time
PDF – 5.6MB

 

Information packs

A lot of our activities use Scratch,  a programming, or coding, tool designed for children. You can use it to create games, stories and animations and program with art, music and sound. If you don’t have access to the internet in your meeting place, you’ll need to do a small amount of preparation with the laptops you’ll be using. Full instructions are included in each activity, but you need to download Scratch from the Scratch download page.

You can read more about Scratch in this quick guide, but the best way to understand it is to try it!

How To Use Scratch Guide
PDF – 171.6KB

Stage 2 and 3 introduce the use of Micro:bit for several activities, you can read this short guide for help!

How To Use The Micro Bit Guide
PDF – 290.3KB

Here is a guide to help you to use a Raspberry Pi.

Setting Up A Raspberry Pi
PDF – 534.5KB

We have a lot more planned for our partnership with the Scout Association, including supporting leaders at events, finding more ways to help you all get access to exciting kit, and building confidence with specialist volunteers.

If there’s any questions in the meantime, please email scouts@raspberrypi.org


About Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Making things with technology can help young people learn how to solve problems, build resilience, help their communities and express themselves. The Raspberry Pi Foundation now runs the world’s largest network of volunteer-led computing clubs (Code Clubs and CoderDojos) and creates free educational resources that are used by millions of young people all over the world to learn how to create with digital technologies.