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Advice please - interesting mid level projects for teenager

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:48 pm
by compscieducator
One of my 13 year old pupils has become very enthusiastic about Raspberry Pi. She has bought her own RPi2 and has done basic GPIO bits and pieces, plus Sonic Pi and Minecraft Pi. She already has the books: "Adventures in Minecraft" and "Adventures in Raspberry Pi".

Her mum is looking for birthday gift ideas. Peripherals with coding instructions would be ideal. What do you suggest? Any particularly good books for moving on? Which peripherals would she get good use out of?

All ideas welcome. We're looking for something self-explanatory as there's nobody at home to help her.

Thanks.

Sandra.

Re: Advice please - interesting mid level projects for teena

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:58 pm
by BMS Doug
how about the Unicorn HAT?

A lower budget version would be the PiGlow.

I was going to add other choice suggestions from Pimoroni's HAT range, but then thought, "Why not just link the whole lot".

Re: Advice please - interesting mid level projects for teena

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 2:51 pm
by liz
The CamJam kits are brilliant - http://thepihut.com/search?type=product&q=camjam - very, very highly recommended.

Re: Advice please - interesting mid level projects for teena

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 3:14 pm
by BMS Doug
liz wrote:The CamJam kits are brilliant - http://thepihut.com/search?type=product&q=camjam - very, very highly recommended.
  • CamJam EDUKIT £5
    • A 400pt breadboard
    • 3 LEDs (Red, Yellow and Green)
    • A button
    • A buzzer
    • Resistors and jumper cables
that's a nicely priced kit with some good parts for starting out.
  • CamJam EDUKIT 2 - Sensors £7
    •1 x Breadboard
    •1 x Immersible temperature Sensor
    •1 x PIR Sensor
    •1 x LDR
    •1 x Active Buzzer
    •1 x Red 10mm LED
    •1 x Blue 10mm LED
    •1 x 4.7K Resistor
    •2 x 330 Resistor
    •10 x M/F Jumper Wires
    •4 x M/M Jumper Wires
    •1 x Presentation Tin
A bit more expensive for a lot more parts, another good deal.

Re: Advice please - interesting mid level projects for teena

Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 7:56 pm
by compscieducator
She's already got the CamJam kit. However, she's just made our school PiGlow work by herself and is very keen, so the Unicorn HAT looks great. Thanks for the recommendation, which I will pass on. Much appreciated.

Sandra.