Electronics and Programming with the Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi has been an incredible success story, fast becoming the best-selling British computer of all time and revolutionising computer science education. Not only can it function as a general purpose computer, but it's “GPIO” pins allow you to connect all sorts of electronic components, enabling you to build just about any electronic project you can think of.
Learn the fundamentals of electronics and programming and build your own project in this enjoyable course.
- Working with the Raspberry Pi: this small, cheap computer will be the brains of our projects. We will turn it on and play with it
- Introduction to Electronics: we will learn about the fundamentals of electronics whilst building some simple electronic circuits using batteries, leds, resistors and switches
- Driving Circuits from a Raspberry Pi: we will connect the simple circuits we built to the Raspberry Pi and write some simple code to control the circuit
- Working with Hats: Raspberry Pi Hats are complete project boards that sit on the Raspberry Pi. We will take a look at a few of them to understand the scope of what can be achieved
- Programming input devices and sensors: we will look at the huge variety of sensors and input devices, and build working mini-projects with them. This will include distance measurement, light sensors, temperature sensors, PIRs, contact sensors, cameras, keypads, etc.
- Programming output devices: we will look how to add sound, images and text as well as a variety of motor types to a project
- Building your own project: on day 2 we will design and build a project such as a digital camera, alarm system, weather station, etc.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Explain the principles of simple electronic circuits
- Build working electronic circuits
- Connect and configure components and boards to the Raspberry Pi
- Write Python code to control components and boards attached to the Raspberry Pi
- Breakdown more complex electronic and computational problems into manageable tasks
- Build a complete project controlled by the Raspberry Pi
Who Should Attend
This course has been designed for people who want to add digital making to their repertoire of skills. If you have some knowledge of programming you will leave with a greater understanding of electronics.
You do not need any previous programming knowledge, but you should be comfortable installing software, downloading and moving files.
Llewelyn Fernandes is a computer scientist, educator and maker. Llewelyn has a Computer Science degree from Brunel University and 30 years of industry experience in programming, research and consultancy for clients including Shell, ITV, Channel 5, Laing O'Rourke, The Princes Trust and Hitachi Consulting.In 2017 he changed direction to focus on introducing young people and career changers to the hot topics in computer science through creative, hands-on workshops. He teaches at various institutions in London and runs regular free events.