Class 1: 1st March:

The emphasis will be on getting everyone’s Raspberry Pi system working.  You need your Pi itself, power supply, DVI or HDMI type monitor, and a 4GB SD card of reputable brand.

OFFER: Leave your SD card with me (Brian) for the week, and I will record the operating system (class version) onto your card for next week.

Here is the PowerPoint file we used:  rpi-GetRunning.pdf


Class 2: 8th March:


That OTHER tiny computer – the ARDUINO – MUCH smaller that the rPi.

Homework 1: watch 2 TED talks on miniature and very smart quadcopters: Robots that fly and cooperate, and Athletic power of quadcopters. How small must the CPU/computing parts be? (Answer – smaller than the Raspberry Pi !)

Homework 2:

  • On your PC (Win/Mac), download the Arduino 1.0.5 package at the Arduino website, and install. (NOT the 1.5 beta version.)
  • If your PC is linux (Ubuntu, debian, Mint, Raspbian even) simply install “arduino” using synaptic or apt-get. Mandriva and Fedora also have arduino package available.
  • rPi class version “BS1″ has arduino package already installed, so that rPi can itself program an arduino!

Bring this week:

  1. Laptop (pref with the Arduino software installed as above)
  2. Arduino with its USB cable

We will discuss how to get the arduino working, and how to control its ONE onboard LED light – the start of the world of controlling things.

The PPT file used this week