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August 27, 2015 AT 8:51 am

Free Online Beginner Raspberry Pi and Arduino Course Materials @RiceUniversity @jmil

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jmil/Bioe421_521-MicrocontrollerApplications.

We’ve developed an integrated one-semester course to Raspberry Pi and Arduino here at Rice University for those interested in Microcontroller Applications and Device Prototyping but with no previous experience. We are starting up class again this semester and wanted to invite the awesome Adafruit community to participate via Github. All of the lab modules are being publicly developed and refined:
https://github.com/jmil/Bioe421_521-MicrocontrollerApplications/

Take a look at Lab 1A. Getting Started with Raspberry Pi to see what this is all about. In Module 1 we take students through configuring the Raspberry Pi from scratch with the Raspbian distribution, what a command line is and how it works, getting the Pi on the internet, how to pipe commands and parse text, understanding users and permissions, and how to find help at the terminal. In Module 2 we introduce the Raspberry Pi graphical user interface and use the GUI to program an Arduino and Danger Shield and develop a basic hardware game. In Module 3, students take what they know and develop their own useful microcontroller-based device and present their project to the class at the end of the semester.

We were thrilled with the student projects developed in the first year:
http://news.rice.edu/2014/12/12/rapid-prototyping-is-the-focus-of-millers-new-class/

Their final projects from last year were posted on github in this super-repo:
https://github.com/jmil/421_521_final_project

The lab modules are being updated now for the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. We will do ten lab modules across the majority of Thursdays from August 27th-December 3rd. The complete bill-of-materials (assuming you already have a computer display) is under $300 (most items are from Adafruit!) and can be perused here:
https://github.com/jmil/Bioe421_521-MicrocontrollerApplications/tree/master/Hardware%20Setup

Follow the lab class on Github or tweet me @jmil. We are also open to collaboration with other Instructors who might want to adapt this course for their own Institution.

Thanks Jim!


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