With an emphasis on experimentation, collaboration and play, pi-top brings coding, STEAM and physical computing to life. We do this via our unique modular hardware, maker-centric kits, and projects that enable learning by making. With pi-top, you’ll be joining over 2000 schools around the world who are sparking learners’ curiosity and imagination, enabling them to become more critical and creative thinkers.
As a creative learning company, pi-top puts as much effort into designing our teaching resources, learning programmes and projects ideas as we do our hardware and software.
All learners have a question they want to solve or something they want to make. At pi-top, we inspire people of all ages to examine the world around and explore how they can design and make something to change things for the better. Learners gain skills and experience working on real-life projects that have genuine meaning to them. In doing so, they come to recognise their role as makers, innovators, creators and game-changers.
The world of work is changing. If a task is measurable and repeatable, it can be automated. Consequently, the careers of the future will be the ones machines cannot do, the ones that use intrinsically human skills such as abstract thinking, creative problem solving and teamwork.
Yet many schools still use teaching methods designed to produce a workforce for the needs of the industrial past; a past where information must be memorised, then recalled and tested. Our learning philosophy centres on shifting power from large, standardised, anonymous conglomerates to one where learners and educators own the means of production.
We are in a new Industrial Revolution, one that calls for people with skills such as creative problem solving, social communication and emotion-centred interactions, as well as practical technical experience.
Collaborative problem‑solving lets learners go further together than they could on their own, leveraging the power of teamwork so each learner grows. At its simplest level, this kind of collaboration involves discussing with others what will work best, applying knowledge, and solving problems together.
In today's increasingly interconnected world, people are often required to collaborate in order to achieve their goals, but learners still typically work individually. Schools will need to become better at preparing students to live and work in a world of productive collaboration. Thankfully, pi-top's ecosystem has this built in.
It’s better to discover than be told, so pi-top’s learning framework takes a constructionist learning approach. Simply put, this means learners come up with an idea, play it out, create possible solutions, test them, see what happens, reflect on what they’ve seen, and iterate their solutions based on the new things they discover.
Project‑based learning is inherently learner-centric and social, helping develop critical-thinking, creative-thinking, and communication skills; this is no curriculum-in-a-box, fill-in-a-worksheet approach. All learners are different, and each response and project is an opportunity for self-discovery and the means to realise their personal potential.