Non-GCSE – Lesson 1 – Introduction to physical computing

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

In this unit, learners use a Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller to design, create, and program a motorised buggy. This unit is divided into six individual lessons where learners connect and program different components to increase the features of their buggy. In this first lesson, learners are introduced to physical computing with Raspberry Pi Pico. This lesson focuses on how to set up Raspberry Pi Pico and use the GPIO (General-Purpose Input/Output) pins to interact with physical objects, such as LEDs and buttons.

Learning objectives

  • Define the term physical computing
  • Explain the term embedded systems
  • Create and test a working circuit

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