Seven-year-old Olivia Callahan tells us that her dad has six computers. Of course he does. He's the director of technology at the School of Visual Arts MFA design program and a tinkerer at heart. So when he discovered the Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer in a colorful case designed for tiny hands, he brought it home for Olivia. She finally had a computer that was truly her own. She learned to build it, start it up, install software on it, and play games on it. One Kickstarter campaign later, their co-computing sessions expanded to include her friends and eventually, other kids from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Now, one year later, the father-daughter team is teaching kids how to build their own computers, program them, and design their own games. Rather than viewing the computer as an omnipresent, mysterious box (or screen) that gives you information and answers, the Raspberry Heights Workshop
seeks to empower kids to become familiar with all the parts of a computer—the hardware and the software—and use that as a stepping stone toward lifelong computing literacy.