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Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python

Raspberry Pi Foundation via FutureLearn

Overview

Learn the benefits of using physical computing with your students.

On this course from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you will be introduced to the world of physical computing. You will use input devices to capture data, process that data with the Python programming language, and then use output devices to get information back out from your computer.

Along the way, you will learn how to use the principles of sequence, selection, and iteration in your physical computing programs. You will also learn some foundational electronics to help you create the circuits that you will use.

In the final week, you will create a physical computing project of your own.

This course is designed for teachers who deliver lessons at GCSE level or equivalent, and for beginner makers looking to develop their knowledge of electronics and programming.

During the course, you will use Python 3.

You will need:

  • A Raspberry Pi computer and peripherals:
    • A keyboard
    • A mouse
    • A monitor
  • A selection of components to use in your projects:
    • A breadboard
    • 6 male-to-female jumper cables
    • 3 LEDs (of different colours if possible)
    • 3 330-ohm resistors
    • A buzzer
    • A button
    • A PIR sensor
    • A Raspberry Pi Camera Module (optional)
  • Craft supplies:
    • Cardboard
    • Pencils
    • Glue, tape, or another type of adhesive
    • Scissors or a craft knife

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