Piper Coding and Computing

Organizer: Columbia Stem Alliance Foundation
When and Where
October 16th, 2021 9:00 am - 11:30 am
( Timezone: America/Chicago )
101 North 7th Street
United States

Event Details


This course will be delivered in 5 Sessions. It is appropriate for children ages 8-14. All of the sessions will be taught at 101 North 7th Street and run from 9am - 11:30am.  Dates for the classes are Oct. 16th, 30th, Nov. 13th, Dec. 4th and 18th. 


  • Session One - Building the Piper Computer…  Oct.16  -  In the first phase of the Piper Computer Kit experience, students will build a fully functioning computer by reading engineering visuals on a blueprint. In the process, they will learn how to read exploded diagrams and connect computer components including a screen, Raspberry Pi, battery, and more.

  • Session Two - Discovering Circuitry and Electronics - Oct. 30th - In Phase 2 of the Piper experience, students will play a Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft to discover concepts in circuitry. Students will learn how to connect complex electrical components experientially by building the circuits themselves during challenges in the game.

  • Session Three - Learning to Code with PiperCode - Nov. 13th - In Phase 3, students will learn to code with project-based learning experiences in computational thinking and programming basics. The projects are scaffolded to teach students coding concepts while keeping the learning experience hands-on. The coding tutorials focus on physical computing so that students make a connection between the digital and physical worlds.

  • Session Four - Extend Science and Engineering - Dec. 4th - After learning about the components of a computer, building one themselves, discovering electronics, connecting circuits and programming projects, learners are ready to apply their coding and electronics skills to their own creations and ideas. 

  • Session Five - Deconstructing and Reflection - Dec. 18th - In the final phase, Phase 5, students disassemble their Piper Computer for reuse by another group of students and reflect on their learning throughout the experience. Students will think more deeply about the daily use of computing systems and the impact they have on the environment. They will also have the chance to evaluate their understanding and demonstrate growth in STEAM.





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