The Pi&Bash>_ can look a little bit daunting to new Raspberry Pi users, since it has some fairly advance features, but if you can do 45 mins worth of simple soldering, and can copy and paste some short setup commands (which are provided for you in setup guides), then it is the perfect add-on board for your kids (or you)! What was that? Anyone can do that? EXACTLY! 🙂
The beauty of the Pi&Bash>_ is that it is not only perfect for a 6 year old’s first Scratch programme, but it is also perfect for their GCSE programming project in Python (allowing them to make something complex, like an internet radio alarm clock, or a weather station full of sensors).
The purpose of this tutorial is to show you and your child how to create a simulated traffic light and pedestrian crossing, using ScratchGPIO. It will start you off with how to install ScratchGPIO (a plugin for Scratch, which supports the Pi&Bash>_), then run through the code blocks and how they fit together.
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