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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.

Programming 101: An Introduction to Python for Educators

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 secondsHi. 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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Basic programming concepts such as repetition and sequencing
  • When and how to use a ‘for’ loop, an ‘if’ statement, a ‘while’ loop, and functions
  • Creating your own program to solve a simple problem
  • The basics of Python syntax
  • How to interpret error messages

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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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.

Who will you learn with?

Martin O'Hanlon

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.

Mac Bowley

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

Who developed the course?

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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