28 April 2015Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station for Schools is an ambitious project to join thousands of schools in Africa and around the world in a global science experiment.Organisers Oracle Academy and the Raspberry Pi Foundation said participating schools would receive a Raspberry Pi hardware kit for students to build and operate their own weather station. The aim is to gain valuable skills spanning computing, meteorology and geography. Interested schools must register on Raspberry Pi’s website.The first 1 000 kits have been funded by a grant from Oracle Giving, which along with Oracle Academy, is part of Oracle’s philanthropic efforts. The kits will be provided to schools free of charge while supplies last. Half of the free kits have been set aside for Oracle Academy schools.In addition to building a weather station, the kits teach students to write application code that logs a range of weather data, including wind speed, direction, temperature, pressure, and humidity. Supplemental teaching materials for classroom use will be made available on the Oracle Academy website.Teaching computer scienceThe Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project, officially launched on 23 April, is targeted at students aged 11 to 16 years old. They will be asked to write applications to operate their weather station and record data in a cloud-hosted Oracle database, which they can then query through SQL (Structured Query Language) elements developed in collaboration with Oracle Academy. They will also develop a website on Raspberry Pi to display local weather conditions that can be accessed by other participating schools.Additionally, students will be able to access a Weather Station for Schools microsite to blog about their experiences, interact with other participating schools around the globe, and receive online technical support.“From application programming to database management, computer science skills can lead to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” said Jane Richardson, the director of Oracle Academy EMEA.“Our goal with the Oracle Raspberry Pi Weather Station project is not only to show students how computer science can help them measure, interrogate and understand the world better, but also to give them hands-on opportunities to develop these skills. We believe this is one of the best ways to inspire the next generation to take up the computer science roles that economies around the world need filled.”Data management and SQLEben Upton, the chief executive of Raspberry Pi, said the “ambitious project” added another string to the Raspberry Pi bow, using the Raspberry Pi to introduce children to the art of data management and SQL.“The kits themselves are really exciting, containing everything you would expect from a fully-functioning weather station. We’re confident that students will find the project a very engaging way of learning new and useful skills, and that they’ll have a lot of fun in the process.”It was exciting to support this global learning initiative, which aimed to generate awareness and interest in computer science and the natural world, said Colleen Cassity, the executive director of the Oracle Education Foundation, and Oracle Giving and Volunteers. “The project will help to ensure that the next generation is well-prepared to lead and create value, not only in the digital economy, but also in the global community.”Following the distribution of the 1 000 free weather station kits, they will be made available for schools to purchase at a later date.Oracle Academy provides a complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty training, support, and certification resources to education institutions for teaching use. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity set up in 2009 to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing. The charity makes the Raspberry Pi computer, which is used all over the world by teachers, learners and makers.Source: APO
Hurry up and film like a crazy person, or take your time? In this article, we examine both approaches to no-budget short film production.No-budget short films shoots are full of challenges. With a diminished crew (if any), and no financial backing, it can often feel like you’re walking into the wind. As such, it raises the question: should you sprint or take your time?What do I mean by that? Well, let’s use running as an analogy for filmmaking. When you’re sprinting, you’re moving as fast as you can to reach the finish line. But this is only a short dash, not a marathon. From a filmmaking perspective, you’re theoretically likely to run into fewer issues during a shorter shoot than you would a drawn-out project. You can give it your all without exhausting yourself.Conversely, if you take your time when making a no-budget short, you can create a longer film. And when you do run into issues, you’ll have time to stop fully address the concern. But the more time you take, the more issues you’ll run into.Recently, I released a web series that was a labor of love for the last few years. To be frank, I abandoned the initial concept quite a while ago. I envisioned it as a thirty-five to forty-minute sci-fi short film, and in the end, it was a fifteen-minute web series of three- to four-minute vignettes. I realized that a thirty-five- to forty-minute no-budget sci-fi epic, by a solo filmmaker, might have been overly ambitious.I definitely took my sweet time on this project, and it killed it.Out the gate, everything went fine. The lead actor had set aside a few days to film, all of our props and costumes were in fully working condition (they decline rapidly over the course of a no-budget short), and we even had a day of shooting at a location with a rusted-out helicopter and an equally eroded army jeep. For a no-budget apocalyptic short, that location felt like we had gone to the next level.At this point, we were sprinting — filming every day, long hours, getting great results. As soon as we started to slow down at the end of the first week, the setbacks began to mount. Ultimately, I didn’t even wrap filming until two years later.Instead of working on an overly ambitious project set in several different locations — involving a plethora of complexities — if we had worked on a short film that we could have actually completed in a week, while it would have been different, we would have finished it much sooner and moved on to a new project.The longer a no-budget project drags on, the more apparent it becomes that it has no budget. And, of course, the one thing that filmmakers want when making a no-budget short is for it to look like it had one. In the end, because we didn’t get the results we wanted from that initial week, we decided to cull most of what we shot and, instead, produced a series of vignettes with a very spare story.Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare” says we don’t need to run to win the race. But when it comes to a no-budget short, I think the faster you work, the better the results.Cover image via G-Stock Studio.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.PG vs. R Ratings: What’s the Difference for Summer Action Films?4 Quick, Helpful Fixes for Stimulating a Compelling InterviewTips for Avoiding Stress as A Solo FilmmakerWhat to Charge for Videography Projects: A Handy GuideFrom Jason Bourne to Indiana Jones, This Is the Secret to Better Action Scenes
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now It costs money to provide your people with professional training. The better the training, the more money it costs, as you would expect. The bigger and the more important the outcomes, the more you are likely to spend.Coaching costs money, too. Really good coaching costs much more than you might expect. But if you want to identify the obstacles (always internal) and blast through to better performance, you have to pay the price. There isn’t anything that produces greater results faster than good coaching, but it isn’t cheap.But training and coaching are expensive in other ways. To provide people with training opportunities, you have to take them off the field. While your people are being trained, they’re not working. The same is true of coaching; it takes time. It’s hours away from the work you hired people to do.Change comes with a price, too. As you train and coach people, there is a serious lag time between the interactions and the results. It’s very much like driving on ice; you hit the brakes and turn the wheel, but it takes time for the wheel to catch. The time it takes for your people to produce new results is another cost.The Real ExpenseBut if you believe training and coaching is expensive, try not training and coaching your people. The real expense is having assets that aren’t fully developed. What’s expensive is the time you lose not producing the results you are really capable of producing. The opportunity cost far exceeds anything you might pay for training or coaching, regardless of the expense.You think training and development is expensive? What’s really expensive is not training and coaching your people.QuestionsWhy is training and coaching not considered an investment?What percentage of your income do you invest in your personal and professional development?How much time do you take off the field and how often?What do you do to ensure you get a return on your investment?
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