April 17, 2015 AT 5:00 am

How To Create Your Very Own Raspberry Pi “Harry Potter Sorting Hat” #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


A tutorial for students to make their own Sorting Hat with Raspberry Pi. via teachwithict

In this lesson, students will create a Raspberry Pi powered Harry Potter style sorting hat. Students will also learn how to connect a physical button to the Pibrella and program it to control the sorting hat.

Note: Although I have written this as a lesson, it would probably work better as a project for a small group / after-school club.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand and use sequence in an algorithm
• Understand and use iteration in an algorithm (FOR and WHILE loops)
• Understand and use selection in an algorithm (IF, Else and Else if)
• Understand how to control Input & Output devices 

Curriculum Mapping:

• Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals; solve problems by breaking them into smaller parts. Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs.
• Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
• Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work; detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

• Use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems. 

What you will need (For each group of students):

• 1 x Raspberry Pi (with monitor, keyboard and mouse)
• 1 x 8gb SD Card (With NOOBS installed *)
• 1 x Push button / switch ** (example: Large Red Push Button) 
• Male-to-female jumper leads ** (example: Jumper Lead Cables for Arduino/Raspberry Pi)
• 1 x Pibrella
• 1 x speakers
• Hat *** (See options below)

Full tutorial

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