What is the course about?
The Raspberry Pi is a exciting credit card sized computer that runs Linux operating systems. It was designed to be affordable and to restart the “bedroom” coder spirit of the 80’s.
Each “Pi” can be set up differently and used for different purposes. This course aims to serve as an introduction to the different programs and features of the Pi, giving the learner a firm ground on which to develop their own ideas and interests in computer programing, open source software and hardware.
What will we cover?
1. Be able to setup a Raspberry Pi for first time use.
2. Know what different peripherals that be connected to a raspberry pi and how they might be used.
3. Understand the term “Linux” and “Linux distro” and be able to identify the different properties of different “distros”.
4. Be able to use the BASH command line interface to complete simple actions such as downloading software and creating files and folders.
5. Be able to use the Scratch programming tool to create simple games.
6. Be able to use the Python programming language to create simple input and output programs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
* You will be confident using a Raspberry Pi.
* A solid understanding of software and hardware applicable to all computing.
* Interact with Mac and Linux computers without a mouse and have the intuitions to learn for Windows.
* Know what different peripherals that can be connected to a raspberry pi and how they might be used.
* Be able to follow the many fun free hacking tutorials available to pursue your interests.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a beginners course - a general understanding of input and output devices would help.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
* The sessions are workshop based with a focus on doing and questioning rather than listening.
* General concepts will arise out of practical work during group discussions.
* You will be supplied with a Pi for use in class.
* Resources for home study are available and recommended.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs and you don't have to bring anything - some learners bring their own Pi which is fine. Bringing your own Pi is encouraged.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Introduction to Robotics, Introduction to artificial intelligence, Introduction to programming and Introduction to Python.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details