We've highlighted more amazing Raspberry Pi projects than we can count over the past few years. There are makers and dreamers of all skill levels and from all over the globe that have used the stripped-down microcomputer to build interesting and useful things, but at its core, the Raspberry Pi computer was always supposed to be a tool for education and inspiration.
In honor of International Women's Day, the Raspberry Pi Foundation turned a spotlight on six women who have used the device for that purpose: to inspire, educate and, of course, make amazing things.
Cat LaminLamin is a primary school teacher and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. She has branched out beyond her own classroom to create an initiative called Coding Evening that lets teachers, volunteers, IT professionals and hobbyists come together to trade ideas and support each other. It has spread from a single town to locations throughout the south and east of England. She has also written a book for other primary school educators to help them teach coding. You can follow her on Twitter @CatLamin to hear some of her great ideas.
Uppal is a California high school student that is already making an impact around the world. During a three-year trip to India she took computer science classes that she found really boring, but when she returned to California she was exposed to much more exciting coding experiences, including working with Raspberry Pi. She wanted students in India to have the same fun learning experience so she started a program called Pi á la Code that gives students in rural India and the U.S. hands-on and interesting coding opportunities. She says, "I believe that every child, no matter what circumstances, deserves the chance to get to play with some really cool technology."
She is also writing a bilingual e-book on Raspberry Pi basics to complement her work. You can follow her on Twitter @pialacode to learn more about the program.
Dr. Lucy Rogers
Rogers is the ultimate example of someone making amazing things with Raspberry Pi and inspiring us all. Within the Pi community, she is famous for her Raspberry Pi-controlled robot dinosaurs, but she has a long list of cool projects, all of which she has published for others to make themselves. She is an engineer and maker that brings fun science and making events to kids and adults. She is also a judge on the new series of BBC's Robot Wars. You can follow her on Twitter @DrLucyRogers.
Bey is another young programmer sharing her love of coding. She started a lunchtime coding club at her girls' school that was so successful that the percent of students choosing to study computer science at school went from 3% to 70%. At just 15 she has already won the 2015 EU Digital Girl of the Year award and the 2016 everywoman in Technology One to Watch Award. When not in school, she gives talks about using Raspberry Pi and coding and runs volunteer workshops. You can follow her on Twitter @RPi_Yaz14.
Grantham is another primary school educator that spreads her love and knowledge of Raspberry Pi to others. She was one of the first educators to become a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and she also a Google Certified Teacher. She is a speaker and author that shares advice and tips to other educators on teaching coding through articles, events and social media. She is a Specialist Leader of Education in the UK, which means she is considered an expert in computing and serves as a coach to other teachers across school systems to deliver effective computer science education. You can follow her on Twitter @SwayGrantham.
Scott takes the Mythbusters approach to science: jargon-free, accessible, accurate and exciting. Oh yeah, and explosions. She is a science presenter and performer that uses Raspberry Pi to demonstrate computer science concepts and to carry out science experiments complete with bangs and flashes to get kids and teens interested in STEM. You can follow her on Twitter @Frans_facts.