The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV. It’s a great tool to learn computer science and programming!
Featuring HDMI and Composite video output, Audio out, 2 USB ports, Ethernet, and plenty of I/O pins.
We lend a starter pack from Adafruit that includes Raspberry Pi and an SD card with Raspbian, a basic operating system, installed. Feel free to use your own SD card, especially if you want to save your progress with the Pi after returning the kit. You can also get a USB keyboard and mouse at the Ask Us Desk at Hunt or D. H. Hill when you check out a kit.
With the kit, you can work through these introductory tutorials:
- Introduction to the Linux Terminal - Shell Magic
- Introduction to outputs - Light up an LED when you get more email
- Introduction to inputs - Play MP3 audio files when three different buttons are pressed
- Introduction to sensors - Reading a photo cell sensor with RC timing to detect light changes
Have you made a cool project using one of these? Please fill out our survey here.
New in 2015! We have added keyboards/mice, VGA displays, and wifi adapters to our Raspberry Pi kits, so that you can work with them out of the box with no added gear.
For more information:
Other helpful links:
The official Raspberry Pi Education Manual (Tutorials for Scratch and Python, command line basics, and more)
Raspbian OS (Basic Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi)
Note: if you want to connect the Pi to an HDMI monitor instead of the provided LCD monitor, the settings in config.txt must be changed:
- At the top of the file, uncomment the line "hdmi_safe=1" (remove the #).
- Towards the bottom of the file, comment out the line "sdtv_mode=2" (put a # in front of it).
- If that doesn't work, there are several options to try; the comments in the file will guide you.
You can find all lendable devices at the Ask Us desk.