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Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators

Explore the basics of Python. Guided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you’ll learn to code your first program. Supported by Google.

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Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators
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This course is part of the Start Programming with Python program, which will enable you to in these three short courses you’ll discover how to start programming using Python..

Learn how to program in Python with help from Raspberry Pi

On this course, you’ll explore programming in Python. Guided by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you’ll discover basic programming concepts, learning how to understand the basics of Python syntax and interpret error messages.

Ultimately, you’ll use your new coding skills to create your first program – which will be able to solve a simple problem.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds Hi. I’m Martin. And welcome to Programming 101. Over the next four weeks, you’ll get an introduction to programming concepts and write your first code in the programming language Python. The activities throughout this course will teach you the basic rules and show you how to avoid the most common errors. If you’re an educator with students of your own, you can also reuse these activities in your own lessons. So join us for the next four weeks and take your first steps to becoming a computer programmer.


  • Week 1

    Hello World

    • Introducing the aims of the course

      Learn more about what you'll be learning over the course, and meet our educators and the other participants who will accompany you.

    • Hello World

      Set up your computer and write your first program

    • Input and Output

      Learn about the two main characteristics of a computer.

    • Creating a Bot

      You will build your own problem-solving bot over this course, and as you learn new programming concepts you will add new features. There will also be opportunities for you to add your own functionality.

    • Recap of Week 1

      A review of everything you've learned in Week 1, plus a handy glossary of terms.

  • Week 2

    Making Choices

    • Welcome to Week 2

      A warm welcome back to Week 2

    • Evaluation

      Learn how to check if a statement is True or False in Python

    • Making choices

      Learn how to use evaluated statements to choose which code to run, and so make your programs run differently in different situations.

    • Enhancing your bot

      Build on your previous project to enhance your bot and allow it to take multiple commands.

    • Recap of Week 2

      A brief recap of Week 2, and a handy glossary of terms.

  • Week 3

    What computers do best

    • Welcome to Week 3

      A warm welcome to Week 3

    • Iterables

      Understanding lists of data and how to use them.

    • Iteration

      How to do the same thing over and over again.

    • Enhance your bot using a loop

      Now you have learnt how to use lists, indexes and for loops let's go back to our bot and add some new commands.

    • Recap of Week 3

      A recap of Week 3 with a handy glossary.

  • Week 4

    Looping and reusing

    • Welcome to Week 4

      A warm welcome to Week 4

    • Keep on looping

      Learn about creating conditional and infinite loops using 'while' statements.

    • Abstraction

      Abstraction is the act of removing complexity from a problem by hiding background details and information.

    • Recap

      Recap of this week, and suggestions for how to continue learning.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore basic programming concepts such as sequencing and repetition
  • Identify use cases for 'for' and 'while' loops, if statements and functions
  • Produce your own program to solve a simple problem
  • Interpret error messages, with a knowledge of basic Python syntax

Who is the course for?

This course would suit educators who have no experience of programming in Python.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you’ll need to download Python, or use an online IDE.

If you need advice about the options for using Python, or instructions for installing it, please review our guidance on Applications for creating Python programs - https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/python-install-options

What do people say about this course?

Thank you to all the educators for running this course

"Thank you to all the educators for running this course, you've all been really helpful. I found it pitched at the perfect level for me. I'll move straight on to the next in the series."

Thanks for such an engaging start in programming.

"Thanks for such an engaging start in programming. As a complete novice I was afraid I can fail, but now I am confident and ready to continue my study."

Who will you learn with?

I love technology and creating projects and learning resources for Raspberry Pi. As a child I wanted to be either a computer scientist, astronaut or snowboard instructor.

Hey, my name is Mac. I am a Learning Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation. I love teaching and digital making, especially when I get to do them both at the same time.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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