TC Maker Raspberrpy Pi 101 Classes #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
We sent the Twin Cities Maker hackerspace a Raspberry Pi care package a couple of months ago, and they have started a number of interesting projects, including an “…automated cat food feeder (the hopper is from the Container Store), stumbling on getting gears printed to actuate the food hopper/dispenser.” TCMaker are also offering excellent RasPi classes at the Hack Factory worth checking out if you are in the area. Here’s their latest listing:
So you want to play with a Raspberry Pi? But maybe you haven’t been able to get one yet. Well you’re in luck! This class includes a Raspberry Pi, Wifi, Power, Cables, LEDs, SD Card! This is everything you need to get the Pi going. Don’t know what a Raspberry Pi is? Check out this article from the NYTimes. The ticket includes $120 worth of hardware for you and the class tutorials.
Misc LED, buttons, resistors, etc for the lessons.
This will be a two-day class. A laptop computer with at least 4 Gigs of space for the SD card image will be required.
Day 1) Bootstrapping your Raspberry PI (~2 hours)
Install Linux on your SD Card
Start the Pi: Boot and config process
How to run programs on your Pi & basic Linux intro
Day 2) Doing fun things, like Python and GPIO programing (~2 hours)
Setup the WiFi device
Python Basics, and functions.
Blink an LED
Get switch input
Use a photo-resistor to read light levels
Read data from a temperature sensor
Read analog inputs
If you have a Raspberry Pi board already, it must be the version that was released December 2012 with 512MB of Memory on board. The older boards have different PIN layouts that are inconsistent with the material that I’m teaching in class, and makes for a bit of a stumbling block when doing lessons. Additionally, all of the kits are pre-buldled with a Raspberry Pi by default, and are pre-ordered well before the class begins so we have enough stock for all students. This means that we may have extra Pis for sale at the start/end of the class.
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