Raspberry PiTop for the classroom

Allow students to use Raspberry Pi's easily in the classroom with Pi-Tops and accessories

Raspberry PiTop for the classroom
  • £190

    pledged of £1,438

    • 11


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Completion Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018

Number of students that will benefit: 960 in Bristol Free School plus local primary schools and community groups

Age of students: 11-18 in Bristol Free School (primary schools age 5-11)

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 8.5%

Year 12s Using Pi Top Ceeds at PyCon UK in October (where we also gave a presentation about technology in education)

Sending messages to International Space Station in Programming Club Programming Club

KS4 Student of the year

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Bristol Free School opened in 2011 in north west Bristol and in 2017 we reached full capacity (c. 960 students) across 7 year groups. We offer Computer Science in KS3 and as an option in KS4 and KS5.

We would like to purchase Pi Tops with Raspberry Pi's and accompanying accessories such as speakers, LEDs and other components.

Who is this for?

This would be used primarily in Computer Science in lessons and co-curricular activities. We would also be able to run workshops for local primary schools. Equipment could also be booked out by other subjects.

Why do you want it?

As our school has expanded to include sixth form and larger year groups in Y7 and Y8, we have increased our Computer Science provision and resources at curriculum level to ensure high quality teaching, learning and progress across the school. Unfortunately, funding does not allow for us to increase our purchasing of equipment to further engage and inspire young people including more girls to opt for Computer Science at KS4 or in our programming clubs. We would also like to run Coding Competitions within the school and for local primary schools in North West Bristol delivered by our KS4 and KS5 students.


£284.67 per bundle and we are initially aiming to raise enough funds to purchase 5 bundles which is £1423.50. If we overfund, we would love to buy more of the same bundle, ideally 15 in totals (costing £4270.05)

Items from Pi-Top - Includes 2 hour training session


One of each included in bundle

Pi-top, Green UK PSU, Keyboard and Raspberry Pi 3  £229.99 each

Pi-top SPEAKER £19.99 each

Pi-top PROTO £6.99 each

Additional Components (one of each included in bundle)

Pistop Traffic Light add on £3.50 incl VAT https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/pistop-traffic-light-add-on-for-raspberry-pi

BME Breakout - Air Quality, Temperature, Pressure, Humidity sensor £18.00 incl VAT https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/raspberry-pi/products/bme680

Touch pHAT £8.00 incl VAT https://shop.pimoroni.com/collections/raspberry-pi/products/touch-phat


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