Eighth graders at Ridgefield Academy were introduced to electronics, operating systems and coding Raspberry Pi, a $35 mini computer running Linux.
Ridgefielders Jonah Norwitt, Connor Larson and Craig Certo, along with Bryce Chu, Skylar Sugar and Kevin Maldonado, completed their programming class with an “out of this world” project. They attached a wirelessly networked Raspberry Pi with a camera to a helium balloon and sent it soaring over the school campus.
Using remote terminal commands, the students took aerial photos of the 42-acre campus. The photos were then collected remotely, during the flight.
A shot of our last 8th grade raspberry pi class. It’s an RPi tied to helium balloons tethered to the ground. Wireless dongle, kids built the OS, made the camera code (python), launched, logged in (ssh) ran the camera code (python) and downloaded the images (sftp) in real time.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.