Archive for May, 2014

School Pi meets Sonic Pi

Posted: May 18, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News


Tomorrow School Pi Club members shall be looking at Sonic Pi for the first time. The Raspberry Pi is configured and all set up and we have a little speaker ready.


The instructions to install Sonic Pi are very easy to follow.

1. Open LXTerminal
2. sudo apt-get update
3. Press enter and wait for update to install
4. sudo apt-get install sonic-pi
5. Press enter and wait for Sonic Pi to install
6. Once installed the Sonic Pi app will appear in the Education menu on the Raspberry Pi. You can also right-click to create a shortcut for Sonic Pi on the desktop.


For more information about Sonic Pi including a KS3 Scheme of Work, please visit the following link.


PhotoBooth for Pi

Posted: May 6, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News, Raspberry Pi Camera

School Pi Club wanted to work on a project that in future could involve the whole school. We often have charity fundraising days in school where we organise different events. We came up with the idea of turning the Raspberry Pi into a PhotoBooth.

With the help of twitter and David Whale (Software engineer/Essex Schools Liaison Officer) aka @Whaleygeek we put together some code to create a Raspberry Pi PhotoBooth.

The photos are taken automatically every few seconds and the students can see their image immediately on screen. The code also contains fun captions which are picked at random.

If you would like to try PhotoBooth for Pi yourself below is a link to the Python code.

Python Code – PhotoBooth for Pi

If you haven’t already done so you may need to install the Picamera module onto your Raspberry Pi. Instructions on how to do that can be found here¬†