UCI School of Engineering School Bestows ‘Ingenuity Award’ to President Paula Golden

By | May 29th, 2016|Awards & Recognition, Raspberry Pi|

UCI Ingenuity Paula Greg 2016On May 29, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) recognized student innovation and lauded STEM education trailblazer, Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation, at Ingenuity 2016, held by the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Watch the video here.

Recognized for promoting inclusion, equity and access to STEM education, Golden has not only initiated the Broadcom MASTERS® and Broadcom MASTERS® International,, middle school science and engineering competitions, but has also introduced computer coding to thousands of middle-school students who are under-represented in computing fields through programs such as Broadcom Presents: Design CODE_Build.

These renowned programs, among others that include Stem Ecosystem Initiatives, fulfill the mission of the Broadcom Foundation: to create opportunity and promote equitable access to STEM education for the untapped talent in society, especially young women and underserved youth around the world.

“It is with great humility that I accept this award on behalf […]

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Tapping Communities to Develop Local Engineering Talent

By | October 13th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Raspberry Pi|

What if you could open the front door through a sensor in your hand? And when guests come to the door, their photo is sent from the doorstep to your phone so you can identify them? These are the kinds of “Internet of Things” (IoT) technologies that students from under-served communities conceived, designed, built and then socialized in a summer program called ASPIRE/INSPIRE, sponsored by Broadcom Foundation.

ASPIRE/INSPIRE (Aspire to Dream, Inspire to Motivate) seeks high-achieving community college and high school students from underserved communities in southern California who demonstrate a passion for engineering and computer science.

Photo Credit: Matt Miller, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Photo Credit: Matt Miller, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

The free, two-week project-based engineering and computer science program brought 30 high-achieving high school and community college students from groups underrepresented in engineering and computer science to the University of California, Irvine, in July. With funding from Broadcom Foundation, the program hosted a diverse group. […]

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Broadcom MASTERS Practice Teamwork and Perseverance with Help from a “Tech-lebrity”

By | October 6th, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS, Raspberry Pi|

On the last day of the competition, Broadcom MASTERS finalists convened at the Computer History Museum to collaborate on challenges using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, a low-cost, credit-card sized computer that taps Broadcom silicon. With a few shrieks and shocked looks, finalists greeted Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi and head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

MASTERS 2015 Eben with Red Team Raspberry Pi cofounder Eben Upton with Red Team.

“I really enjoyed meeting the creator of Raspberry Pi because the computer was the main technology in my science project,” said one finalist.

Upton met with each team, sharing his experiences, providing tips on coding and encouraging each finalist to follow his or her passion.

“We started Raspberry Pi to solve a local problem – the collapse in students wanting to study computer programming,” Upton, a U.K.-based technical director for Broadcom said. “I thought we’d only sell 100 when we first started, but the Raspberry Pi has proven to be a successful tool to […]

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Raspberry Pi Workshops Go Global with Broadcom Foundation

By | August 5th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Raspberry Pi|

Gordon Lindsay, Broadcom's Director of Field Apps Engineering, Gordon Lindsay, Broadcom’s Director of Field Apps Engineering, introduces the Raspberry Pi and coding to 35 students near Cape Town.

“Fruit” names tend to signify a fresh concept in computing. In fact, fruit-based names seem to leave a legacy in the history of computing. From Apple to Blackberry and now to Raspberry Pi — a low cost, credit-card sized computer that opens the door for kids around the world to explore computing.

Created by Broadcom Technical Director Eben Upton, who was concerned that his students at Cambridge University did not have basic coding skills that he developed by “hacking around” on computers as a youth, the Rapsberry Pi computer is designed to be cheap (for every wallet from Louisana to Mozambique), cute (in a geeky sort of way) and most importantly, completely open and accessible in order to demystify computers and allow people young and old to “get their hands” into computing. The […]

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“Connecting the Dots” for STEM Students in Orange County

By | July 13th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Raspberry Pi|

When educators come together, they “connect the dots” for students.

It’s a phrase that’s key to helping retain students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), subjects, areas where the U.S. has been seen as lagging.OCSTEM Ecosystem July 2015 Crowd Paula resized

Community influencers in the public and private sectors —  including Broadcom Foundation — have taken up the challenge of providing educators with tools that will help students maintain interest in STEM from grade school through high school.

As part of a year-long program to build a STEM tool kit that includes integration of after-school learning, more than 100 teachers and administrators from nine Orange County school districts gathered together for a day-long workshop last week.  They experienced hands-on coding with the iconic Raspberry Pi credit card-sized computer, and got a sneak-peek at how engineering careers at the University of California, Irvine, and Broadcom are within reach if their students are motivated to stay with STEM courses throughout high […]

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Raspberry Pi’s “Picademy” Comes to the U.S., Brings Coding Confidence to Teachers

By | July 7th, 2015|Raspberry Pi|

Although the Independence Day holiday has just ended in the U.S., teachers and students are already looking ahead to “back to school” season.Picademy Logo Raspberry Pi Foundation

For students, that means buckling down on their summer reading lists and gathering a locker-full of new school supplies. For teachers, that means embarking on the intensive work of preparing their classrooms — and their curricula — for the academic year ahead.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s “Picademy,” a series of workshops for teachers who want to learn to use the Raspberry Pi computer in their classrooms, is coming stateside to help them do just that.

The Picademy program dovetails with the mission of the Raspberry Pi Foundation – boosting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) acumen and skills among students in the U.K. – and beyond.

The effort starts with helping teachers get comfortable with code.

The goal is to empower them to use the Raspberry Pi computer – a $25, […]

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Math for Everybody: Celebrating Pi Day

By | March 12th, 2015|Raspberry Pi|

It’s a holiday that’s set to unite “mathletes” all over the world — at least for a few fractions of a second.

This week marks a very special “Pi Day” — no, we’re not talking about the Raspberry Pi microcomputer that’s been much covered on this blog — but a day dedicated to the celebration of one of mathematics’ most beloved numbers.

March 14, of course, is the calendar equivalent of Pi’s rounded value of 3.14. But this year, there’s something extra special about it that only comes around every century or so.

For the first time since 1915, Pi Day will include all of the first five digits of Pi: 3/14/15. And twice on that day, there will be blips of time in the morning and in the evening that will exactly match the value of Pi.

Pi Day 2015That time will come sometime between March 14, 2015, […]

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Raspberry Pi Creator Eben Upton Takes on the Broadcom MASTERS in D.C., Shares Secrets of STEM Success

By | October 22nd, 2014|Broadcom MASTERS, Raspberry Pi|

Much like with literacy, when it comes to engaging young people in science, technology, engineering and math, there’s one strategy that seems to hold weight: Get ‘em early.

“You don’t make your kid into a concert pianist by sitting them in front of a piano when they are 18 years old,” said Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer and head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Eben Upton Raspberry Pi MASTERS Raspberry Pi creator Eben Upton teaches MASTERS finalists to tinker with the $25 computer.

Upton, a Cambridge, U.K.-based Broadcom technical director and an advocate for teaching computer programming to students, believes that engaging them at the right moment — with the right tools— can lead them to master critical STEM skills and launch successful careers.

“Early exposure is really important. If kids find something that grabs at their imagination, they tend to make very fast progress,” he said. “I think the same is true for engineering and computer science.”

Those […]

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Broadcom Singapore: Tapping Raspberry Pi to Expose Young People to Engineering

By | July 23rd, 2014|Raspberry Pi|

The Raspberry Pi – with more than 3 million sold — has been put in the spotlight by tinkerers, hackers and hobbyists who continue to innovate with the tiny, bare-bones computer.

A “camberry”: Raspberry Pi with a peripheral motion-capture camera.

But many of its millions of fans don’t know the Pi’s original calling: a novel, cost-effective way of teaching students basic computer programming skills.

For a group of volunteers at Broadcom’s Singapore office, the Raspberry Pi (which sells for about $25) is a fantastic entry point to hook students into computer science and engineering disciplines.

“What makes the Raspberry Pi a great learning tool is that it’s very hands-on,” said Jeffrey Chin, Principal Engineer, Central Engineering, at Broadcom in Singapore. “We hope that through their experiences with the Pi, students will grow more curious about engineering and might be inspired to go home and explore.”

Chin has rallied a group of 20 Broadcom employees to help carry out this vision of using […]

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Raspberry Pi Architect Eben Upton Gets Engineering Nod from UK’s Royal Academy

By | July 10th, 2013|Raspberry Pi|

Broadcom engineer and Raspberry Pi inventor Eben Upton has been raking in the accolades of late, with glowing write-ups in national news outlets like Wired UK, the New York Times and the BBC and a spot last year on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “35 Innovators Under 35” list.

Upton has been recognized the world over for being among the architects of the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer that’s inspiring kids, hobbyists and hackers to get hands-on with programming.

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Behind the Raspberry Pi’s skyrocketing success, of course, is an incredible business story: The instant popularity of the Pi, which saw more than 100,000 pre-orders on the first day it was listed for sale, was unpredictable. Now, that business success story is also being recognized as Upton was recently awarded a silver medal by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for the “outstanding commercial success” of the Raspberry Pi.

Along with three other entrepreneurs, Upton is set to be awarded his medal at the […]

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