This month, 15 Johns Hopkins students are learning the ins and outs of a versatile device capable of these and infinitely more functions: the Raspberry Pi, a small, green single-board computer capable of fitting inside an Altoids tin.
The Raspberry Pi DIY Intersession course, offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering, provides students with not only the Pis but also a fleet of peripheral devices such as LED light panels, Google-compatible voice kits, and a series of sensors and circuits enabling them to build their own devices. Students are guided through setup and programming before being unleashed to pursue their own Pi-powered projects.
“You don’t have to take what The Man gives you,” he says half-seriously to the class in their second meeting. “When you master this kind of computer engineering, you won’t be beholden to anyone—you can get these devices to do what you want.”
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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.