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What can you do with a Pi?

I often get asked what can you do with a Raspberry Pi.

Earlier today I asked a group of students what they would like to do with a Pi. I showed them the GPIO pins and some of my simple LED and switch projects and the great Robotics controller from Ryan Walmsley.

My brief:

  • The Pi had to either sense, control or do both!
  • The Pi can be left running 24/7
  • Use your imagination

A block of sticky notes later and we had a good idea of some of the projects we would like to think about.

  • Gameshow / competition
  • Disco lights
  • Robot
  • Traffic lights for the Academy corridor for use at busy times
  • Model castle with working drawbridge
  • An automated snack delivery system for gamers
  • An alarm system to keep people out of my bedroom
  • Robot
  • Robot

I have a feeling that we may be going down the Robot route. We plan to meet every week once the exams are over to design, build and program our creation.


As we were packing up I was asked if this is the sort of thing that one of the students could work on at home with his parents - my answers was a huge YES!!!!!

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