Raspberry Pi’s are the best low cost device to come in recent times. This tiny (single board) computer, developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi foundation makes learning programming easy for both children and adults.
They were designed to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. We have seen an uprise in the use of them in Malta like MCAST adding them to a syllabus for the software and multimedia course.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can create with the Raspberry Pi, and we were blown away by the creativity of some makers at the First Ever Raspberry Pi Jam in Malta organised by Easypeasycoding at the Vintage Computer Club Malta’s facilities.
Here are a few examples of what can be done with Raspberry Pi:
1. A €150 pi-top ceed computer based on the single board Raspberry pi
The Operating System of the Raspberry Pi is Linux based and can carry out most of the tasks you can perform on any normal pc. the OS is saved on an SD card. To enhance the learning experience, these colour coded keyboards with upper and lower case on each key makes learning fun and is great for students with dyslexia. They even put attention to learning in the mouse, colour coding the clickers and referring to them by colour when teaching.
2. Octopus cam
A 5 megapixel camera that can be connected to another source via Wi-Fi or can be used to save footage on an SD card.
3. Raspberry Pi turned radio: Pi Zero
With this easy to make device, you will be able to listen internet-connected radio with the Pirate Radio Kit.
4. Digital music kits
Become the best finger drummer ever by attaching a tiny digital touch pad that will act as your drum and your fingers the drumsticks. Yes, you can make amazing music with a less than €50 computer creating instrumentals with these devices.
5. Classic arcade game center
Get back into the classic arcade games with the Raspberry Pi. Install classic games to your SD card and you’re good to go! You can even attach old-school style controllers, for the full experience!
6. Twitter connected Photo Booth
A fun, simple photo booth that takes a multiple photos with the click of a button. The photo booth was programmed in a way that it auto-posts the photos taken to Twitter.
7. Astro Pi
Astro Pi is an event we want all parents and educators to know about. Aboard the International Space Station are two specially equipped Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis. They are there to run code written by children and teenagers.
Each Astro Pi has a camera, an LED display, buttons, and a joystick. They also have a range of environmental sensors: a gyroscope, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and sensors measuring humidity, pressure, and temperature. Each year, students aged up to 19 from across Europe and beyond, are challenged to write code for astronauts to run on the Astro Pis. Learn about the program here.
The vintage computer club has many plans for the future, and aims to develop the premises into the premier geek hub in Malta. They are currently looking for funding to improve facilities and add additional services for coders and makers of all skill levels. ‘
Get in touch with the Vintage Computer Club if you’re interested in backing this cause.