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NB3F Mobile App Contest Submission

November 14, 2018 Comments off

So proud of my son Kyle and a fellow 8th grader Kaiya for spending more than 15 hours going through the IBM Design Thinking process to develop a mobile app design to compete in the Notah Begay III Foundation National Youth App Contest.  The goal of the contest was to get native youth (grades 8 to 12) to design a mobile app to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes among native american youth through exercise and diet.  One key to getting native youth hooked into mobile technology design and development is to show them the various tasks related to hardware and software design.  They had fun learning user centered design and creating content for the contest which was due on 10/31/2018.

Here are a couple images from their submission and a link to their NB3F mobile app design document.

Also I was very happy FatPipe Rio Rancho opened up in September 2018, this company provided a nice meeting space (in between all the sports and other student activities which forced us to meet in the evenings and weekends) to collaborate and get through the design process.  Thanks FatPipe Rio Rancho!

– Dom

FUSE Makerspace powered by CNM Ingenuity, Inc – Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 27, 2017 Leave a comment

I started on the board of directors for CNM Ingenuity, Inc back in February this year and this has been one of the most visible and impressive efforts of this organization so far (after the deep dive coding boot camp).  This new maker space allows anyone in the Albuquerque area access to tools and support to truely innovate and bring business ideas to life.  Check out the website!

https://fusemakerspace.org/

GnuCash 2.6.15 Accounting Software on the Raspberry Pi

August 27, 2017 5 comments

I updated one of my Raspberry Pis to the new Strech OS for the Raspberry Pi and was pleasantly surprised to see a update to a newer stable version of GnuCash 2.6.15.  A major update since the 2.6.4 version … Woo hoo!!!

Raspberry Pi Hands On Workshop number two complete at Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Public Library

March 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Saturday 3/18 was my second introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  

Another nearly full class to learn about with this capable computer can do.

Future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:

  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.

If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link …

https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/


– Dominic

A successful first Raspberry Pi Hands On Workshop at Rio Rancho Loma Colorado Public Library

March 1, 2017 Leave a comment

This last weekend (Saturday 2/25), I held my first Introduction to the Raspberry Pi Hands on Workshop at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  I had a total of 8 attendees (full house) ranging from youth to adults that wanted to know more about this inexpensive computer.  Feedback was great and it ranged from having a great experience with a new educational computer to interest in physical compute (using the GPIO pins) and more advanced topics.

I am looking forward to refining the content for the future hands on workshops for the following teach dates:

  • March 18, 2017
  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

Don’t forget, if you want to sign up for a workshop, you need to use the Loma Colorado Calendar of Events page.

If you want to see all the Raspberry Pi related posts on my blog, click on this link … https://dompruitt.com/raspberry-pi-rio-rancho-albuquerque-new-mexico/

Here are several pictures from the class:

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I also want to thank the City of Rio Rancho and the Loma Colorado Public Library staff, the facility is a great place to teach about technology, the support was awesome to make this event happen, and the internet access speeds are some of the best in the state!

– Dominic

 

Free Raspberry Pi classes at Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, New Mexico – #RaspberryPiNM

January 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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After some back and forth with the local library, I will now be teaching some free Raspberry Pi computer classes at the Loma Colorado Public Library in Rio Rancho, NM starting at the end of February 2017 (#RaspberryPiNM).  Space is limited because this is a hands on event, so keep a eye out for the signup links on the Rio Rancho Public Libraries Calendar of Events page.

The planned dates are as follows:

  • February 25, 2017 (start with 8 students)
  • March 18, 2017
  • April 8, 2017
  • April 29, 2017
  • May 20, 2017

The content of the class will be based on some previous teachings on the Raspberry Pi which I have included here:

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https://dompruitt.com/2016/10/01/raspberry-pi-101-presentation-and-hands-on-station-at-rrps-napac-meeting/

– Dominic

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Chromium Browser with Adobe Flash Player Plugin

October 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Ok, the Raspberry Pi 3 just keeps getting better … especially for kids.

One of the latest updates along with the PIXEL user interface is the new update that added the Chromium browser AND an Adobe Flash Player plugin!  This is better than using Iceweasel which was changed to Firefox recently.  The resulting change drives the processor to a bit above 50% when playing videos, but the bang you get out of these new features is awesome.  Also notice you can easily switch from HDMI or Analog Audio output with the right mouse click on the speaker icon in the system tray.

I tried out the new combinations with YouTube and Starfall (my kids loved this site growing up).

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If you want the flash components to automatically start you need to check this box on the browser plugins setting page, otherwise you have to right mouse click on the flash puzzle icon and say run every time flash is used.

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Starfall.com interface below … I’m thinking about how our local Montessori school can use some Raspberry Pi 3 computers to start teaching keyboarding and mousing skills earlier since almost all standardized school testing requires computer proficiency now.

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