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December 19, 2014 AT 11:00 am

Light Up This Christmas Tree’s Star #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Raspberry Pi powered Christmas tree’s star lights up when #XmasPiLights is posted on social media. via xmaspilights

What is it?
On the 8th December Reading College turned on their Christmas tree lights and we need your help to keep them on.

The tree is being powered by the social media (Twitter, Google+, Facebook and Instagram) hashtag #XmasPiLights and via the live chat next to the livestream.

The tree has been manufactured by our engineering department with the star being designed and produced through 3D print technology. The computer programming
work behind the project for the lighting display is some very clever, yet beautifully simple programming using a Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized computer.

What can I do?
This is where you come in, for every time #XmasPiLights is used, or a message starting with XmasPiLights is typed into the live chat, our star will light up and our aim is to
keep it going over Christmas. We need as many people as possible to use the hashtag, and join the live stream. If you can tweet or share it in any way that would be greatly appreciated.

Do not forget to follow how you switch on our Christmas tree light. We will be updating people daily about our progress to Keep the Xmas Tree Lights On

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