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Combining pi-top [4] and components from pi-top’s Foundation Kit with LEGO lets you make great builds and systems.

“The ancient chest of Anubis is on exhibition for the first time at London’s Museum of Antiquities, and it’s full of just the sort of things The Hooded Paw, the capital’s most notorious cat burglar, would like to steal…”

One of the many things I love about pi-top [4] is that it was specifically designed to integrate with other construction products young people are familiar with such as LEGO, Meccano and many others.

To achieve this, we’ve made all the sensors, LEDs and other components that come with the Foundation Kit magnetic, and also included eight LEGO-compatible connectors, so kids (and adults) could attach them to their inventions and iterate their designs quickly and easily. …


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Jason Bradbury and Wil Bennett with the brand new Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 4 just launched, so should you upgrade from the 3B+? Here’s all you need to know…

Raspberry Pi stunned the computing world when they announced RPi4 in June 2019. Creative design company pi-top have had pre-release models for a while now. So in this first hands-on review, gadget fan Jason Bradbury and pi-top VP of Technology Wil Bennett, put the Raspberry Pi 4 through it paces in a series of tests against the 3B+. Here’s what’s changed… oh and TL;DR you should get one.

As Raspberry Pi inventor and CEO, Eben Upton, said in an exclusive interview on pi-top’s podcast earlier this year, there are two types of RPi upgrades — evolution and revolution. …


On a recent visit to California pi-top’s VP of Technology and mini rover designer, Wil Bennett, was lucky enough to have a tour of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion laboratory. Kid in a candy shop doesn’t even come close.

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To showcase some of the potential uses for pi-top [4], we designed and built two mini Mars rovers whose movements were remotely controlled by it. The idea being this is exactly the sort of project a club, society or school could work on. It combines various skills and technologies, from coding and 3D printing to environmental studies and photography.

We’ve travelled around the world with these rovers, and recently had the privilege of visiting NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology, to see what the real Mars rovers are capable of. …


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“We get around 70 requests a week from all over the world from people wanting to come and see what we do here” says Rob Houben, manager of the Agora school in Roermond, Netherlands, and the closest thing school has to a principal or headteacher. “And I turn most of them down, I just don’t have the time to do all that!”

It’s clear such interest is a testament to Agora’s unconventional approach, which is why I’m glad to be here. I first met Rob at Bett 2019, when he wandered onto pi-top’s stand, and we quickly struck up a rapport. If pi-top designed a school, it would be this. It’s amazing not because it’s awash with cash and has state of the art facilities, but because their entire approach is centred around projects. …


Today is April Fool’s day, so why is there precious little to laugh about?

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To launch our new Medium publication, we could have done a silly story. We could have spent time concocting a semi-believable, gadget-based gag that you probably would have spotted was a fake, and probably wouldn’t have shared.

We’re not doing that today.

We’re not doing that because it’s hard to laugh when some teachers in the US are working not two, but six jobs, just to make ends meet. …


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Our children aren’t happy, but who’s to blame — technology, society, parents or teachers? More importantly, what can we do about it?

As a statistic, it makes stark reading. 18% of young people in the UK do not think life is worth living. This can’t just be written off as teenage ennui; research from a variety of countries all point to a rise in mental health and wellbeing issues affecting children and young adults. So how, as a society, have we come to this? …


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Chinese vegetables growing in Half Hollow Hills Middle School’s maker space

When a teacher got in touch after listening to episode 3 of We Make the Future, what he showed us blew us away.

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