August 6-17, 9am to noon. Through Acton Boxborough Community Education
In this ten day class, you’ll start with a pile of parts. You’ll assemble your own computer and install the Linux operating system. Your Raspberry Pi will be a real computer with WiFi and Bluetooth, USB ports and a 7 inch touchscreen. You’ll explore the command line and the GUI interface to customize your computer. Then you’ll learn to make fun, touch-enabled games in Scratch and Python. At the end of the course, you’ll take your computer home with you, so you can keep learning, playing, and exploring.
The Raspberry Pi you’ll be using is the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, released in 2018. Its a surprisingly powerful little machine!
The display you’ll be using is the official Rasperry Pi Touch display. Any HDMI display works with the Raspberry Pi, but this one has a touchscreen with a first party driver, and there are cases that hold it all together.
You’ll get a case to hold your computer together, a keyboard and a mouse, and a plug in power supply. Since the Raspberry Pi is powered over micro-USB, I sometimes power mine with a phone backup battery. It works great!
We’ll be using the Raspbian operating system, a variant of Debian Linux made especially for the Raspberry Pi. The work we do with Linux will be useful well beyond your time with the Raspberry Pi. It includes a web browser (Chromium), and programming languages like Scratch and Python ready to go. It even includes a version of Minecraft made especially for the Pi which is programmable with Python.
More questions? Let me know by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org.