Go down a Raspberry Pi YouTube rabbit hole

We here at Virtual Raspberry Pi Towers are looking forward to our weekends getting warmer, now that we are officially in British Summer Time. But we wanted to make the most of these last Saturdays and Sundays in which we have no choice but to cosy up against the typically British spring weather with a good old-fashioned YouTube rabbit hole.

Here are a few channels we think you’ll like. Some we’ve known about for a while, others are new friends we’ve made over the last year or so, and one is almost brand new so we’re putting you ahead of the curve there. You’re welcome.

Sophy Wong

Subscribe to Sophy Wong’s channel if you love the idea of wearing the tech you create. She collaborated with HackSpace magazine to publish a book, Wearable Tech Projects, which is currently on sale at the Raspberry Pi Press online store for just £7.

This is one of the projects Sophy shared in her Wearable Tech Projects book

Sophy describes herself as a “maker, designer, geek, addicted to learning how to do new things.” And she even visited NASA to watch a SpaceX launch.

Subscribe to Sophy’s channel here.

Blitz City DIY

Blitz City DIY (aka Liz) is a “DIY-er on a quest to gather and share knowledge” and has already built something cool with our newest baby, Raspberry Pi Pico. Her busy channel features computing, audio, video, coding, and more.

Check out Raspberry Pi Pico in action in this recent video from Blitz City DIY

We love Liz an extra lot because her channel features on entire playlist dedicated to Raspberry Pi Adventures. She also shares a healthy dose of festive content showing you how to Tech the Halls. No, April is NOT too early for Christmas stuff.

Subscribe to Blitz City DIY here.

Electromaker

Our new friends at Electromaker share tutorials, community projects, and contests where subscribers win hardware and massive cash prizes. Flat cap aficionado Ian Buckley also hosts The Electromaker Show – a weekly roundup of all that’s new and interesting in the maker community.

Electromakers assemble!

You can also swing by the super useful online shop where you can buy everything you need to recreate some of the projects featured. If you’re daunted by shopping for every little bit you need to create something awesome, you can choose one of these electro {maker KITS} and get right to it. We especially like the Lightsaber and Daft Punk-esque helmet kits.

Follow Electromaker here.

Estefannie Explains It All

You must have seen an Estefannie Explains It All video by now. But did you know about the weekly livestreams she hosts on Instagram? We know you’ll watch just because she’s cool and sometimes holds her pet cat up to the camera, but you’ll definitely want to tune in to try and win one of her tech giveaways. Some lucky viewers even got their hands on a Raspberry Pi 400.

Fond memories of when Estefannie visited Raspberry Pi Towers

Estefannie is another top collaborator whose channel has a dedicated Raspberry Pi playlist. Some of the things she has created using our tiny computers include Jurassic Park goggles, an automated coffee press, and a smart gingerbread house.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, Estefannie graced the Princesses with Power Tools calendar this year as Rey from Star Wars. You can buy a copy here.

Subscribe to Estefannie Explains It All here.

Kids Invent Stuff

Ruth Amos and Shawn Brown use their channel Kids Invent Stuff to bring kids’ ideas to life by making them into real working inventions. Young people aged 4–11 can submit their ideas or take part in regular invention challenges.

The infamous pooping unicorn

We first gave this channel a shout-out when Ruth and Shawn teamed up with Estefannie Explains It All to build the world’s first Raspberry Pi-powered Twitter-activated jelly bean-pooping unicorn. For real.

The MagPi Magazine got to know Ruth a little better in a recent interview. And Ruth also features in the 2021 Princesses with Power Tools calendar, as a welding Rapunzel. Go on, you know you want to buy one.

Ellora James

We saved the best (and newest) for last. Ellora James is brand new to YouTube. Her first tutorial showing you how to use Pimoroni’s Grow HAT Mini Kit was posted just three weeks ago, and she added a project update this week.

Ella helps you differentiate between edible pie and Raspberry Pi

We really like her video showing beginners how to set up their first Raspberry Pi. But our favourite is the one above in which she tackles one of the Universe’s big questions.

Subscribe to Ellora James here.

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Nice list…although I have to say I’m angered and astonished by the fact that the YouTube channel “Jeff Geerling” is not on the list…He does great stuff to make the CM4 compatible with almost everything

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Jeff’s videos are great! Listing ALL of the great Raspberry Pi YouTubers is a bit beyond the scope of this one blog post though. Perhaps we’ll talk about other content creators in another blog post that is yet to come. We must wait to see what the future holds.

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I hear what you say, but it is quite the omission.

Reply to Jeremy Chappell

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Totally agreed, Jeff makes good videos about things that others don’t. My CM4 experience has been much better because of him.

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Has it ever occurred to you that there still areas of the computer market that need a good shake down. I would like to suggest products that I myself would be interesting in buying, those being a raspberry pi 400 in the formfactor of an 8 inch tablet, probably running raspberry pi os with a mobile form of the Pixel Desktop, and a raspberry pi router featuring a firewall and VPN that blocks ads, probably based on pfsense and powered by a last gen Broadcom BCM2837BO. I am frustrated with my ipad and would perfer a linux tablet, but no one makes one that I can afford on my teenage budget. I am also frustrated with my dads ORBI55 router that frequently cuts out on school zoom calls. Sorry for the rambling, but I am not sure where else to voice my opinion.

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Another vote for Jeff from me. But these might be two different lists. This one is beginner creative content. Jeff is deeply technical. There is probably a bit of distance between the audiences there.

Reply to PiGraham

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I add my praise for Jeff Geerling. I’ve always got time for his videos.

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Aww, thanks, now I’m blushing!

I do agree with one of the other commenters above—I think there are a few different groups of people on YouTube who have a fair bit of Pi / maker content. I am a software dev-turned-hacky hardware person, and just love hacking around with whatever I can get my hands on.

I try to keep things beginner-oriented if possible but it’s hard for me to not dive right into the deep end on a lot of projects. Definitely a different approach (most of the time, anyways) than I think this blog post is highlighting ;)

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Thanks for the peek down the rabbit hole!

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Three children (and their father) having lots of fun and making informative videos, often with Raspberry Pi, lately the Pico: “GurgleApps” https://www.youtube.com/user/MaticaGames

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