New Elective at Ridgefield Academy Provides Students a Foundation in Engineering

New Elective at Ridgefield Academy Provides Students a Foundation in Engineering

Raspberry Pi Elective at Ridgefield Academy

Charlie Galliher is the Director of Information Technology at Ridgefield Academy, but that is not his only job.  For the last five years, Mr. Galliher has taught Grade 6-8 students an elective course called Raspberry Pi. This course ties in directly with RA’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning and its STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative.

Mr. Galliher’s approach to this class is not only to provide students an introduction to coding and component based electronics, but also a foundation in engineering.  Students in this class create motherboards and sensors, and from these exercises build, write code and program them for a number of experiments.  It is important to Mr. Galliher that students not only develop skills in the classroom but also understand these are real world skills that can be applied to work and research being done by many companies around the world.
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