I started creating some worksheets for my own school Pi club and then thought - why not make it into a free iBook.
The iBook is free and will also be available as a PDF if requested by schools.
The projects are available in an iBook format for Mac and iPad from the Apple iBook Store here
The projects are based around the Traffic Light Kit available from CPC for £4.79 including VAT and can be bought here
A draft of the booklet can be downloaded here
- Making 1 LED flash with the GPIO
- Morse code flashes
- Disco lights with there LEDs
- Reaction time game
- Traffic lights
I would love your feedback on this resource as I will be using this with my own Pi club at school.
This is my draft plan for the day. I would very much value any feedback on the elements of the day. I am assuming that the staff and students have never used a Pi before or used Python. The timings may look strange but they reflect the lesson and break times at school.
The day starts with an introduction to the Pi followed by a first go at programming in Python. After break time we lift the lid and start connecting components to the GPIO. After lunch we delve into the world of Minecraft. The day ends with sharing what we have learnt, awards and encouragement for the future.
Draft plan for the day
9.30 Good morning, Welcome, plan for the day and expectations.
9.40 Session 1: Getting to know the Pi
Looking inside the box
What is a Raspberry Pi?
How is it different and similar to other computers?
Starting up the Pi
Loading the GUI
10.10 Session 2: “Hello World”
What is a programming language?
Introduction to Python
Our first program “Hello world”
Our second program “What is your name?”
10.40 Break time
11.00 Session 3: Connecting things to the Pi
What is the GPIO?
What can we connect the Raspberry Pi?
Project 1: Switching and LED on and off
Project 2: A pair of flashing LEDs
Project 3: Disco lights
12:30 Lunch time
13:00 Session 4: Minecraft
Playing Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi
Programming Minecraft with the Pi
What have we learnt today?
I often get asked what can you do with a Raspberry Pi.
Earlier today I asked a group of students what they would like to do with a Pi. I showed them the GPIO pins and some of my simple LED and switch projects and the great Robotics controller from Ryan Walmsley.
- The Pi had to either sense, control or do both!
- The Pi can be left running 24/7
- Use your imagination
A block of sticky notes later and we had a good idea of some of the projects we would like to think about.
- Gameshow / competition
- Disco lights
- Traffic lights for the Academy corridor for use at busy times
- Model castle with working drawbridge
- An automated snack delivery system for gamers
- An alarm system to keep people out of my bedroom
I have a feeling that we may be going down the Robot route. We plan to meet every week once the exams are over to design, build and program our creation.
As we were packing up I was asked if this is the sort of thing that one of the students could work on at home with his parents - my answers was a huge YES!!!!!