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Raspberry Pi LED Holiday Party

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  • McClelland Hall 214, UA Campus

    1130 E Helen St, 85721, Tucson, AZ (map)

    32.236824 -110.954407

  • Join us Saturday afternoon as the Forensics/Infosec, Python, and Linux Meetup groups join forces with the (ISC)2 Tucson Chapter and the UA MIS department to host a holiday LED workshop.

    Learn how to assemble an LED light show from a Raspberry Pi and LED light strand – that will make your neighbors jealous. In this workshop, you will learn how to install a Linux distribution on a Raspberry Pi, connect the LED light strand to it, and control them with a Python script. Finally, we will demonstrate how to secure your Raspberry Pi, so your neighbors can’t hack it.

    This family friendly workshop is open to all skill levels. If you have kids, nieces, nephews, or someone else you think would enjoy a hands-on minds-on project, feel free to bring them. Please note: an adult must accompany all minors.

    Before attending, you will need to purchase the materials below. Some shipping times may take a week or more, so please plan accordingly. You may already have some of these items, such as the Micro SD card, micro-USB power supply, and 5V power supply that will lower your total cost. SWS, here in Tucson, carries Raspberry Pis and may have some of these materials on hand.

    Order one of the following Raspberries Pis ($30-40):
    Raspberry Pi b+, 29.94,
    Rasbperry Pi[masked], or (35.70)

    Order one each of the following items (about $45 total):
    Micro USB Power for Pi, (7.99)
    (Check to see if you have an old phone charger that would work before ordering)
    An 8GB or more Micro SD Card (9.44)
    (If you bring an existing SD card to use, all data will be erased so back it up first)
    WS2811 5V LED lights (14.99)
    5V Power Supply for the lights (10.19)
    Female DC Power adapter - 2.1mm jack to screw terminal block (1.50) or

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  • Richard

    Is there anything specific that should be running on the pi? I would like to get a start on configuring it unless there are plans to do that on Saturday.

    November 25

    • Bowen L.

      Hi Eric, is there any link about physically connecting the LED lights to the pi?

      November 25

    • Eric C.

      Yeah, but I don’t think they are great. The white wire connects to “GPIO pin 18” and the blue wire connect to ground next to it, but “GPIO pin 18” is not physical pin 18 (see https://www.raspberryp...­ or https://www.raspberryp...­).

      November 26

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