Carrie Anne Philbin

Carrie Anne Philbin

I lead the Raspberry Pi Foundation's efforts to support educators with resources and training. I'm an experienced computing teacher, an advocate for diversity in tech, author and a YouTuber.

Location Cambridge, UK


  • Welcome Renee. A school district approach to Makerspaces sounds really interesting. Looking forward to your insight throughout the course.

  • Welcome Jesper. Getting started can be the hardest part, but we have lots of tips and tools to help you on this course.

  • Welcome Ellie. I'm looking forward to your input from a DT point of view!

  • Welcome Babs! I've just returned from Coolest Projects 2019 in Dublin and was blown away by the creativity and technical skills exhibited in the hardware category by so many young people. CoderDojo has really helped them find a home to develop their ideas.

  • @MelvinDin Welcome! Looking forward to more detailed conversation about learning through making.

  • @PauloJorgeMatos Welcome to the course Paulo!

  • Welcome to the final week of the course! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and reflections, especially on progression and curriculum.

  • Hi Hubertus, this sounds like a great community resource in a rural area. Have you visited any other similar spaces for inspiration?

  • Measure what matters to help you grow. Thanks for giving your feedback from this week's learning.

  • Amazing growth you've detailed here, with great ideas of where to source support. From 2 to many! I love the idea of getting older students involved. Great for their own development as well as helpful to you and your space.

  • Amazing! Would love to hear what lessons you've learned over the past few years.

  • It's always a good idea to try and do something small scale and see how it goes before committing lots of resource to something. I don't think that is negative. It's practical and forward thinking! That's why it is always good to see these case studies and hear from you, so that we can learn the best lessons for our own contexts and environments.

  • I agree that to take part in digital making activities you do not need a state of the art markerspace. Access to a desk, some recycled materials and imagination are all thats needed.

  • A trolly makerspace is a wonderful idea for locations like primary school. Why shouldn't the making come to you! Also a great way to keep tools and equipment safely stored away.

  • Absolutely! I see many shopping lists without much thought about what the learners will do and more importantly learn.

  • I like this idea. Students might feel more inspired to help raise funds if they are contributing to the planning and use of the space!

  • Great suggestion!

  • Amazing Marcie! Do you have some examples of what materials families have brought in and what you plan on doing with them?

  • I feel that the maker movement is all about doing something with what you have. I've never had access to a 3D printer, either in a school or in my current role but then I've never needed one to bring my projects to life.

    Having a space to be inventive and share knowledge feels more important than the equipment on offer.

  • Funding can often be a barrier to getting started. We have some great suggestions on how to create a space with very little so do not lose heart. You can do this!

  • Great name for a makerspace! Would be great to hear about your experiences and ideas during this course. Especially in week 2 and 3.

  • Space to explore different hardware, software, tools and skills will hopefully benefit society in lots of ways. Having a project to do is always a great starting point.

  • Hi David, you can add your program to rc.local which will run when the Raspberry Pi boots. See more info here:

  • Check to see if your monitors are also DVI, as you can get DVI to HDMI cables which is what I did in my school to use Raspberry Pis back in 2012.

  • Download NOOBS not Jessie. Jessie is the entire image which you would need to use Etcher or similar software to flash it to the SD card with. Download NOOBS and then drag all the files (there should be quite a few) over to the SD card. Jessie is the distribution of Debian Linux that Raspbian with PIXEL is based on. Debian distributions are named after Toy...

  • If you are using the latest version of NOOBS then it will boot to desktop automatically.

  • All the activities included in this course are based on Raspbian with PIXEL. To follow along I'd recommend using this OS on your Raspberry Pi.

  • Hi Jim, I recommend formatting your SD card again on your computer and copying the noobs files over again. Then transfer it to your Raspberry Pi, boot and follow the steps. if this happens again then I'm afraid you may need a new SD card.

  • Hi Martin, if you are based in the UK then we suggest this kit: if you are based outside of the UK then Farnell, RS, Micro Centre or Adafruit would be a good place to find similar components.

  • Great! Do let us know how you get on, this is a work in progress and your feedback is vital for improvement. :)

  • Thanks Charles, you are correct in thinking that the Raspberry Pi does not have enough power to support some external hard drives. A powered hub is a good idea or use a wireless solution via wifi or bluetooth.

  • Unfortunately there has been a problem with the Future Learn platform this morning (UK time) on the first day of the course. The team are aware and it should be fixed soon. Thanks for your comments and well done for getting so far in wee one!

  • If we think back to 1.4 we discussed similarities and differences between PC's, and Raspberry Pis. Remember that the OS is stored on the SD Card, so it can not boot if there is no storage device. A PC would only boot if it had multiple drives and/or a different boot partition. From a top level perspective they work in a very similar way.

  • Great time for a discussion about the difference between arduino/microbit and Raspberry Pi here. You've bundled them altogether as they are all controlled centrally, which is correct but there is a big difference between devices controlled with a micro controller and a computer controlled by a CPU. What the main differences, for those who are new to the subject?

  • Great question! We've thought about this a lot recently, and as you say there are many different ways to do it. We've settled on this progression and are testing it: