Outstanding Team of the First Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition 2016 winners back from UK


After weeks of preparation, the day had finally arrived and the Outstanding Team of the First Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition 2016 was receiving its Orientation Session before traveling to the UK. We went over the detailed trip schedule with the team listing the do(s) and don’t(s), security issues and the many details of processes and procedures.buy kamagra

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Competition and Awards Day of the 1st Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition for Schools – UK Lebanon Tech Hub and International Education Association


Beirut, Lebanon: Under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Mr. Elias Bou Saab, and for the first time in Lebanon, the Raspberry Pi competition took place at the ministry under the title “Code the Raspberry Pi to Invent for the Benefit of Lebanon”. 278 students from 30 schools (15 public, 15 private) presented 44 projects; they addressed problems that Lebanese face in the domains of health, power, water, waste, agriculture, education, and others giving practical solutions to solve them. Girls’ participation was a landmark in this competition as they represented 51% of the students, taking leading roles in the design and coding of projects related to different fields as well as in the construction of their prototypes; moreover, two public high schools for girls won prizes the first for the Outstanding Project and the second for the High School Category.

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Coder-Maker Launch


The D-day finally got there and the Coder-Maker program was launched on February 10, 2016 at Achrafieh Public Secondary School, in close partnership with the Mona Bustros Foundation and under the patronage of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The energy in the room was wonderful, with attendance of officials, guests, principals as well as teachers and students from the 10 schools. Amongst the display of sample Coder-Maker projects, a robot with HE Nicolas Sehnaoui holding a Raspberry Pi was circulating on the side, almost welcoming people arriving. The project is funded by the Muna Boustros Foundation, with sponsorship from Microsoft, Hyundai, Alfa and Miatel.

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Bett, 2016, Technology is changing


We have just come back from BETT, the annual technology show held in London. It certainly was an opportunity to experiment with the latest technologies but it also was inspiring to hear from people and experts in the field.

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First Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition


Launch at Brummana High School, Brummana It is great to end and start the year with inspiring and productive activities. The First Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition was launched on the 7th of November during an outstanding event that brought together practically all school associations in Lebanon.

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ACS Coder-Maker Winter Camp


During the winter break, and in partnership with IEA, the American Community School at Beirut, offered its middle school students 15 hours of the Coder-Maker training sessions. Sixteen students took part in the winter camp and got engaged in different coding and electronics activities, then each group designed and built its own project.

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Typical coding-making projects demonstration to Saida Schools


The International Education Association, IEA, presented typical coding-making projects to schools in Saida and its neighborhood to promote the 1st Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition for Schools. The demos took place at the Hajj Bahaa Eddine Hariri School in a environment full of curiosity, interest and energy; visiting principals, teachers, and students found it an incredible opportunity that fosters thinking, creativity and innovation.

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Announcement of Pi4L & Scratch Day | May 2014


On May 21, 2014 a group of students, teachers, parents and representatives from various ministries and NGOs assembled at the Dhour Shweir School for the first Scratch Day to be held in Lebanon, and to celebrate and showcase the pioneering work of the students. You can find the event announcement here, and press coverage of the event here and here. The event was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education including the Minister of Education Mr. Elias Bou Saab and representatives from the Center for Research and Development (CERD), representatives from UNICEF-Lebanon including the UNICEF-Lebanon representative Ms. Anna Maria Laurini, officials from USAID-Lebanon, and numerous NGO directors and program managers, heads of private schools, university professors and students from neighboring communities.

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Lebanese Pi with Baked in Support | 2014


In 2013 the International Education Association (IEA) began using the Raspberry Pi (RPi) for e-learning programs in Lebanese schools predicated on education fundamentals, code learning, and robotics. IEA was also engaged in a parallel effort to map possible RPi-based interventions that could help address the crisis in education emanating from the Syrian refugee population in Lebanon and beyond. As part of this effort IEA conducted field research and formulated a strategic plan for developing a RPi crisis intervention program focused for refugees, at-risk youth, and educators.

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Launching a Raspberry Pi Initiative | May 2013


In spring of 2013 His Excellency Mr. Nicolas Sehnaoui, Minister of Telecommunications, was eager to make the Raspberry Pi available to Lebanese children. Mr. Maher Hassanieah, advisor to HE at the time, played a key role in assessing the Raspberry Pi initiative and its launch. After the initial period of research Minister Sehnaoui established the initiative in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with the aim of piloting a Raspberry Pi lab at a public school in Lebanon.

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