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.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.