Date of release: Monday, December 22, 2014

Raspberry Jam for Christmas at Medway Santa and RoboThespian, the fully interactive humanoid robot, joined nearly 100 local computer fans for a special Christmas event, called Raspberry Jam, at the University of Greenwich’s Medway Campus.

The event brought together users of Raspberry Pi, the credit card-sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse.

Guests had the opportunity to race mini-robots through the use of a Nintendo Wii balance-board, play games using a Pi, view demonstrations including drones and explore inventions for the future. They also enjoyed a spot of festive cheer and the arrival of Santa on his motorised platform.

Experts, teachers, students, parents and children between the ages of three and 65 attended, all eager to learn and enhance skills with the British- designed and developed Raspberry Pi computer.

The event marked the first opportunity for guests to meet RoboThespian. The full-sized interactive humanoid robot is being used for academic research and study at the university’s Faculty of Engineering & Science.

Professor Martin Snowden, the Faculty’s Pro-Vice Chancellor, said: “It was great to see so many eager computer fans at this special Christmas event, each a potential computer expert of the future. The Raspberry Pi is an excellent hands-on way of introducing young people to the world of computer programming. They can start on simple projects and quickly progress to more complex challenges, as our MSc students demonstrated at the event.”

To find out more about studying engineering or science subjects at the university: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci email courseinfo@gre.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

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