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The Raspberry Pi Electronics Kit provides a set of components and detailed instructions for a set of projects that explore some basic electronic functions and the use of both Scratch and Python coding on a Raspberry Pi.

For each project, defined components are connected together using a small breadboard and then a Raspberry Pi (not supplied) is used to control and manage how the components operate.

Any model of Raspberry Pi can be used but a Raspberry Pi 3 is recommended and you should also be using at least the latest 'Jessie' version of Raspbian – if you have an earlier operating system version, you will need to carry out an update before installing the software and documentation for this Kit. We have now also completed some initial tests with the very latest 'Stretch' version of Raspbian and have not, as yet, seen any issues.

For Scratch and Python coding, whilst some knowledge is useful this is not essential since the kit provides an opportunity to explore and start to understand coding with both Scratch and Python. The physical build of each project on the breadboard is exactly the same no matter whether it is being controlled by the Python or Scratch code. The Scratch code also closely matches how the corresponding Python code operates, this therefore supports anyone already using Scratch in starting to 'transition' to the more extensive and powerful functionality of the text based Python language.

The kit comes with a Raspberry Pi GPIO template to assist in identifying the correct connections to the Pi’s GPIO pins, as shown in the image below right. A short ‘Getting started’ leaflet is also provided that shows you how to download a series of detailed support documents as well as the Scratch and Python programs for the the projects.


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Kit Component summary:

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1 x 170 point breadboard

2 x 1kΩ resistors

1 x red LED

1 x tactile button

1 x green LED

1 x 330nF capacitor

1 x yellow LED

1 x 10kΩ NTC thermistor

1 x blue LED

1 x phototransistor

1 x white LED

1 x passive buzzer


5 x male-to-male 10cm jumper leads

5 x 470Ω resistors

7 x male-to-female 20cm jumper leads


The Projects:

The Electronics Kit provides the components listed above for use with a Raspberry Pi to assemble the following projects:

  • Single flashing LED: power a light emitting diode (LED) and make it flash on and off every 0.5s
  • Red/Green flashing LEDs: power two LEDs and make them alternately flash on/off.
  • RGB flashing LED: sequentially power the individual colours in a combined red, green and blue (RGB) LED.
  • Button switched LED: power a LED for a short interval whenever a button is pressed.
  • Button switched LED & buzzer: power a LED and sound a buzzer for a short interval whenever a button is pressed.
  • Button switched light meter: show a measure of the surrounding light level whenever a button is pressed.
  • Button switched temperature gauge: display a measured temperature whenever a button is pressed.

Instructions are provided to download all the documentation and the programs for each of the projects above. In addition the documentation outlines a number of ‘Challenge Projects” that encourage the user to further develop the projects and the associated software on their own.

This kit is aimed at ages 10 and above, although with some adult supervision ages as young as 7 should be able to assemble and run the projects, although at this early age not all the physics and maths associated with the projects may be fully understood.


Workshops and other demonstration events in the Marlborough area are being planned to provide support in the use of all the Digital Making Kits. If you would like to be kept informed about upcoming workshops and events then please click here to send us an email - it would also be particularly useful if you could let us know if you would be interested in purchasing any of the Digital Making Kits as that would greatly help with our planning.


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