Flotilla weather station (II)

I have finally completed my Flotilla Weather Station.

This project as well as being a great show and tell project for Raspberry Jams was ‘getting to know you’ task for Flotilla and Python.

I have already blogged a couple of times about Flotilla from Pimoroni and still really love this kit and the potential uses for it.



The weather station uses:

Number connected to two
Matrix connected to seven
Light connected to eight
Weather connected to one

Once the code is run, it will measure the temperature, pressure and light level and display a numerical value on the number display and a very simple bar chart on the matrix.

The full code is below:


Flotilla Weather Station

You may have read my earlier blog post on the great Flotilla kit from Pimoroni and my first look at using Python with the sensors.


I am currently looking at how I could use the kit in the classroom and particularly using Python with the sensors.

As part of this project I am building a simple prototype weather station that both uses inputs and outputs to collect data and display it on a simple bar chart.

At this stage the following modules are used:

Weather (for temperature and pressure)
Touch (to select different measurements)
Light sensor

My @raspberrypifoundation powered @pimoroni #weatherstation built using #flotilla is coming along well

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If you would like to try it for yourself the code is below:

Matrix - connected to 1
Number - connected to 8
Weather - connected to 2
Touch - connected to 3
Light - connected to 7


Flotilla and python

Building a light meter with Flotilla

Back in March I got my mega Flotilla treasure chest from Pimoroni. I was very excited to see what could be done with it. The Rockpool graphical interface is coming along nicely and I had some fun with that, but I really wanted to dig into the Python API.

flotilla - 1

Before you go any further check out this link from Pimoroni and this one from their website.

flotilla - 2

I wanted my first project to use both inputs and outputs so I decided to create a light meter which displayed the light level both on the number display and visually through a bar chart on the LED matrix.

flotilla - 5

This project uses the matrix connected to 1, a light sensor to 2 and the number display to 8. I screwed the components onto one of the base plates to keep them still!

flotilla - 6

Using the @pimoroni #flotilla as a light meter @raspberrypifoundation

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