Control your RC car with Scratch over GPIO #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
We love this RC car Winkleink programmed using Scratch on a Raspberry Pi over GPIO. Great fun!
At the beginning of 2013 I started a Code Club at my local primary school and the kids love making and playing the games. Due to the way the club is set up in the school there is expected to be a few classes after the official Code Club sessions are completed so I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas of things I could bring in to the class to show the kids that Scratch can do more than make a cat move around the screen.
Then on my regular trawl of the web I found this fantastic code http://cymplecy.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/scratch-controlling-the-gpio-on-a-raspberrypi/ for controlling the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi using Scratch.
With an old cheap remote control car in a drawer I had the makings of a fun project for me that (hopefully) will be of interest to the kids.
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