Raspberry Pi

Exploring the Power of Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

What is the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a $35 US computer board that was originally created to help solve the issue of a decline in the computing skills of children in the UK. It has since been
re-purposed by an eager community of hackers and makers and can be found powering projects around the world, including commercial and industrial. In the past 5 years, more than 11 million have been sold worldwide.

Why learn about the Pi

Computers are a fact of life today. Your children know how to use them and more and more they are learning what they are about under the hood. They are becoming creators, not just users. This is your opportunity to be part of this as well.

Computational Thinking

Learning the Raspberry Pi’s goal is to help people to learn about computer science and how to make things with computers. We believe that learning how to create with digital technology will help them people shape an increasingly digital world, and prepare them for the work of the future.

Computational thinking is at the heart of the learning. It covers a broad range of knowledge and skills including, but not limited to:

  • Logical reasoning – moving from a step to the next logically related step.
  • Algorithmic thinking – thinking in discrete steps that describe a computational problem that we wish to solve.
  • Pattern recognition – seeing and understanding the patterns that occur in a computational problem that we wish to solve.
  • Abstraction – taking specific events and relating them to an idea that describes all the specific events.
  • Decomposition – breaking a (computational) problem into small steps.
  • Debugging – determining why a computer program is not working and resolving the problems.
  • Problem-solving – finding solutions to complex problems

Learning Outcomes for this course

We will cover an introduction to:

  • Hardware – what is a computer
    • System on chip
    • Connectors, types, uses
    • GPIO (General Purpose Input Output)
  • Basic electrical circuits
  • Operating Systems – The foundation of computer software
    • Linux a different OS
    • Graphical User Interface
    • Command Line Interface
  • Programming – making the computer do what we want:
    • Programming languages, such as Python

The result, after completion of this course you will:

  • Have a basic understanding of computational thinking
  • Understand the basics of computer hardware
  • Be able to design and build simple electrical circuits
  • Know that there are different operating systems and compare the differences
  • Be able to use the Linux operating system
  • Be able to create and debug simple computer programs

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