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!
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.
- 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.