I have enjoyed the chance to try out the Raspberry Pi Camera kit and look into the applications for educational use. The kit is a well put together combination of components to get started with photography using the Raspberry Pi.


Unfortunately as I have been off work recovering from an operation I have not been able to put the full plan into action and have only been able to do the home education part of the project. I had planed to also use the Kit with my students at School to use the timelapse photography as a tool for teaching some programming. I have set up a Scheme of Work for the students and I have tested the concepts. I intend to run this scheme of work with a trial group of students when I return to work.

 

However I have been able to run the project with home educated children and I have also had the chance to try a couple of side projects with the equipment. One using timelapse to record the snow in our garden and the other creating a low cost visualiser for use in my classroom (especially when using the raspberry Pi to teach physical computing) the Visual-Pi-ser.

 

I have linked all of the blog posts and resources i have created for this project below:

 

Timelapse Crystals Projects:

Timelapse Crystals 1

Timelapse Crystals 2

Timelapse Crystals 3

 

Timelapse Crystals Scheme of Work

Side Projects

The Visual-Pi-ser Blog

The Visual-Pi-ser Instructions

 

Snow timelapse

 

 

Kit Review

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Camera Kit Review

 

 

Videos

Testing the equipment

Experiment 1

Experiment 2

 

Project results

Crystals from below

Crystals from above

Snow Timelapse

 

 

 

Future Plans

 

-Implement the timelapse crystals scheme  with my trial group of students.

-Add to the methods of combining the pictures to create a video for the scheme of work (especially AVCONV and mencoder)

-Test the above combining methods on the new Pi 2

-Experiment with FTP updating a live timelapse video that students can view from home

-Experiment with taking photographs under different wavelengths of light

(the last two are suggestions from comments I have not yet had time to explore)

 

Edit: Since posting this I have discovered that Scratch GPIO now does include support for taking pictures using the Camera module. This could be a good way to use the timelapse photography to teach coding to younger students.