Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi [Course Series]

Announcing a 4 part course series on the Raspberry Pi
- Thursday evenings, beginning April 10th

• Class 1: 4/10/14 - Introduction to the Raspberry Pi
• Class 2: 4/17/14 - Introduction to the Linux Operating System
• Class 3: 4/24/14 - Introduction to Programming with Python
• Class 4: 5/01/14 - Expanding your Pi through the Input/Output Ports (GPIO)

COST:  $100, or $25 per class.

• Bring a +1 FREE - Bring a child, a spouse, or a friend for no additional charge.  Work together as a team and share your hardware.
• Payable in person - cash or check
• All money goes to support IXR and InfoAge Science Museum

About the course series:

The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing, games, and can also play high-definition video.

Maybe you've already purchased a Raspberry Pi, or have been thinking about diving in?  This hands-on, 4 part course series will help you get started on making amazing projects with your Pi!

This course series is designed to introduce a new user to the Raspberry Pi.  Each session will consist of a presentation, a demonstration on the Pi, and a hands-on lab session, all designed to explain and build experience with the Pi.  At the end of the course, you should be able to use the Pi and understand its hardware and software.

Class 1: Introduction to the Raspberry Pi
- Thursday, April 10th, 7-9pm
• Review of the hardware
• Installing the operating system on an SD card
• Configuration of the Pi
• Hands on session to setup and configure your Pi

Class 2: Introduction to the Linux Operating System
- Thursday, April 17th, 7-9pm
• What is Linux? The history of Linux
• Useful command line tools
• Useful Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools
• Hands-on session to use the common tools

Class 3: Introduction to Programming with Python
- Thursday, April 24th, 7-9pm
• Introduction to Python commands
• Using Python from the GUI and the command line
• Some example Python code
• Hands-on session to write code for simple functions

Class 4: Expanding your Pi through the General Purpose Input/Output Ports (GPIO)
- Thursday, May 1st, 7-9pm
• Explanation of all input and output ports on the Pi and their use
• Examples of hardware add-ons for the Pi (prototyping boards and shields)
• Example hardware and software setup for common applications
• Hands-on session to use the GPIO  ports through hardware and software


PARTICIPANTS WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING:

• A Raspberry Pi
• Laptop computer
• USB keyboard
• USB mouse
• A 
compatible monitor (HDMI or DVI with HDMI adaptor)
• SD memory card (at least 4 GB)
• 5VDC USB power supply
• 
USB to micro-USB cable

If you are not able to bring a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or laptop, IXR has some on hand that you may borrow (first come, first serve).  Please notify the organizers.

If you need to purchase a Raspberry Pi or other prerequisites, IXR recommends purchasing from adafruit.com.

If you're just starting out, the Raspberry Pi Starter Pack from Adafruit contains everything you will need to get started.


About the Instructor:

Joseph E. Wilkes, PhD, has over 40 years of experience. His interests encompass microprocessors, robotics, wireless communications, wireless and computer security, and software defined radios.  He has co-authored three books and holds four patents.  Dr. Wilkes received his PhD from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now the Polytechnic Institute of NYU).  He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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  • Dave M.

    great..very informative

    April 18, 2014

  • Joe W.

    For the class, I am using the[masked] version of Raspian Debian Wheezy. Earlier versions should work also. The differences I have seen are the icons on the desktop move around, Mathematica has been added, and some earlier versions did not support all USB hubs. If you want to keep an earlier version or the adafruit version that should not affect anything we do in the class. The adafruit version has some of the options installed already.

    April 16, 2014

  • Joe W.

    If you have any questions or need additional help, I will be there at 6:15 on Thursday to setup and help anyone who needs it.
    Joe

    April 15, 2014

  • Joe W.

    Last night we introduced the Pi and showed how to build the Operating System on an SD card, install in on the Pi and configure it. If you missed last night, you can still attend the rest of the sessions. If you have already installed your OS, then you are ready for the next class. If you haven't, you can come early and I or Neil will get you up to speed.
    Joe

    April 11, 2014

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