Rasperry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and can use a standard keyboard and mouse. It can enable people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. Raspberry Pi can do everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, such as browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games. However, it’s so small that it fits into the palm of your hand and can be tucked away with ease.
Raspberry Pi also has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines to sensing devices. And it is compatible with other physical computing devices like Arduinos, so users can lose the laptop.
Keywords / Definitions
- Microcontroller : A small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output peripherals
- Physical Pixels : Using computer based tools to manipulate physical objects
- Python: Highly used, general purpose programming language
The question isn’t: “What can you do with a Raspberry Pi?” The question is: “What can’t you do with a Raspberry Pi?”
—Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, For Linux and Open Source
Users can download open source projects and programs from an online library or share with the Rasperry Pi community. Connect here online to participate in a Rasperry Jam (just like a Maker Party, but for Pi’s!), check out projects for girls, or see the weekly world of Pi.