Use the awesome Raspberry PI to interact with the real world and create a cool project to take home!
All equipment provided (including a laptop and Raspberry PI per child)
Teaching ratio 8:1 maximum
Take home your finished project, including the Raspberry PI!
Ages: 11 - 15
Duration: 5 days
Venue: Guildford College, Guildford
Dates: August 20th - 24th
Timings: 0930-1630 (wrap around care available from 0900-1730 for a small extra charge)
The Raspberry PI is a powerful credit-card sized single-board computer. While originally designed for educational use, it was so cheap and ground-breaking that it became widely used in many commercial products and has been key to the success of a number of tech start-ups. Plug in a keyboard, a mouse and a monitor and you have a perfectly decent personal computer for not much more than the price of the keyboard, mouse and monitor! However, it’s real potential is at the heart of standalone, highly portable devices.
We start by getting you up to speed with the basics of the Raspberry PI; its capabilities, connections and how to hook it up and navigate its Linux operating system. You will then use the “Python” programming language to interact with real-world components, such as LEDs and switches, via a built in “breadboard”. Program moving patterns of LEDs using a dedicated LED matrix daughter-board (or “HAT” as they are called). You will be limited only by your imagination at this point!
As the course progresses, you will start work on the main project, which is to build a high quality, standalone, programmable drum machine that you can take home with you! Of course, once you have your own Raspberry PI, you are free to use it for all sorts of projects and/or simply use it as a powerful home computer!
No prior knowledge of the Raspberry PI, Python or any other programming language is assumed, although familiarity with any programming language, e.g. Scratch, would be an advantage.
Just a packed lunch and any drinks and snacks they will need to get them through the day (no nuts please!).