The pi-top Learning Framework has been designed by experienced teachers to offer a more effective way to situate, support and contextualise learning than traditional instructionist methods.

Our learning by making framework guides learners through, de-silos subjects in a true STEAM approach, fostering the software, hardware, and fusion skills 22nd-century learners need.



Incorporating Lev Vygotsky’s and Jean Piaget’s work on growth and Seymour Papert’s learning theories, our learning-by-making framework is shaped around five core principles:


Maker activities linked to real-world scenarios and projects create richer, more engaging learning experiences

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Learners’ ownership of learning activities supported by their educators and peers produces deeper and more effective engagement

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Activities shaped by learners' abilities, interests and experiences generates wider learning than standardised tests and assignments

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Learners are invited to consider other solutions and contexts, test their projects, and iterate accordingly

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Create opportunities for students to reflect and develop their own process of learning, supporting growth beyond school.


pi-top devices and projects empower a fusion of digital and real-world skills that open doors for learners no matter what their experience, abilities or interests. The pi-top Learning Framework supports and guides learners and teachers, moving them from instructionism to social constructionism.

Through a series of projects designed to be easily accessible for novices but still engaging for those with more experience, learners work through stages beginning with instruction, then transference, and finally exploration and sharing. The overall goal is to give every learner an easily accessible entry into learning by making.

While most other computing hardware is static, pi-top devices encourage modification and extension, transforming in learners’ hands to become whatever they need. As learners design and implement projects in a variety of settings and contexts, pi-top’s systems and frameworks empower them to explore what is possible and to create whatever solutions they can imagine.

Rather than locking learners and teachers into a standardised curriculum, pi-top’s flexible hardware and framework is designed for diversity. No matter what topic or approach people want to take across the STEAM spectrum – and beyond – pi-top gives learners a strong foundation on which they can build. pi-top’s iterative, self-sustaining learning framework is designed to empower a rich ecosystem for discovery and making.