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Global Collaboration: Scaling Coding/Robotics in Under-Resourced Communities With Raspberry Pi

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111AB

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Head of Research and Innovation
Jody Britten is a thought leader in digital learning. Acting as an activist for purposeful, quality learning experiences for all children Jody currently serves as the Director Learning Technologies for Team4Tech, working to ignite impact for global nonprofit organizations inspiring quality learning experiences for under-resourced communities. She has supported national and international private, public, and K12 organizations. Her work has supported large scale change that has lead to better learning experiences for children. She began her career as a public school educator, and grounds her work in practical yet strategic efforts to transform systems of learning.
Chief Program Officer
​Lindsay Kincaid is an educator with deep experience driving change in high school classrooms, higher education courses, adult learning spaces, and nonprofit organizations. Her passion is designing equitable learning environments and advancing youth agency, teacher capacity, and social justice. Lindsay believes technology is a tool that can foster unprecedented creativity and collaboration within education. She loves building inclusive, engaged communities across geographies and generations. Currently, Lindsay is the Chief Program Officer at Team4Tech, a nonprofit impact accelerator, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education.
EdTech Project Manager
Kevin is the Team4Tech EdTech Project Manager in Kenya. He is a technology enthusiast and an education technology specialist. He works with communities in underserved areas of Kenya to ensure everyone has a shot at tech. By learning coding and robotics, everyone can unleash their inner superpowers.

Session description

There are close to 20 million Raspberry Pis in use globally! This presentation will highlight how Team4Tech, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Kenya Connect are co-creating opportunities for learners in under-resourced communities to master computational thinking and get hands-on experience in coding and robotics.

Purpose & objective

The objective for this presentation is to share how Raspberry Pis are being used to empower place-based, collaborative problem solving with learners in under-resourced communities. During this presentation we will share the story of how students in Kenya are leveraging Raspberry Pi tools to engage in computational thinking, problem solving, and coding/robotics through a collaborative model.

Team4Tech is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing educational opportunities in low-resource environments. Team4Tech helps nonprofit organizations improve programming by providing technological solutions and pro bono consulting delivered by skilled volunteers. Each collaboration is carefully co-designed with nonprofit partners like Kenya Connect and like minded corporate partners like Cisco, Adobe, Zendesk, and more.

Kenya Connect is a nonprofit organization that is focused on providing a variety of programs to enhance the education of the rural students and teachers. The ultimate goal is to provide access to educational and technology programs that might not be available to them because of where they live and that will allow them to succeed in the future. As a result they have implemented enrichment and empowerment programs at the local level.

Raspberry Pi Foundation is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote the study of computer science in schools, and is responsible for developing the Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

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Show a video of the work in Kenya.
Raspberry Pi use by students
Training and support for teachers/facilitators
Addressing low resourced use
Share more about the participating organizations.
Kenya Connect
Raspberry Pi
Highlight the student outcomes and how those outcomes are building competencies in the ISTE standards for students.
Computational Thinking
Empowered Learners
Share our community of practice as an open space for continued collaboration and connection *highlight alignment to ISTE Standards
Open Discussion

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Supporting research

Ardesch, D. J., Balbi, M., & Murphy, T. H.(2017). Automated touch sensing in the mouse tapered beam test using Raspberry Pi. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 291, 221–226.

Britten, J. (2017). 4 Myths and 4 Truths of the Empowered Learner. ISTE Blog.

Britten, J. (2017). Getting to the Heart of the Empowered Learner.

Britten, J. with others (2018). EdTEch in K12 Classrooms. ISTE: Arlington, VA.

Britten, J. (2022). Building a global community of practice. Team4Tech: Menlo Park, CA.

Clugage, J. and others (2022). The Team4Tech Solutions Roadmap. Team4Tech: Menlo Park, CA.

Fletcher, A. C., & Mura, C. (2019). Ten quick tips for using a Raspberry Pi. PLoS Computational Biology, 15(5), 1–11.

Johnston, Steven J, and Simon J Cox. (2017). The Raspberry Pi: A Technology Disruptor, and the Enabler of Dreams. Electronics, 6(3), 51.

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Session specifications

Computer science & computational thinking
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Computer science
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.