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Raspberry Pi3 is the simple way to learn to code

Raspberry Pi3 is the simple way to learn to code

I received my first Raspberry Pi3 during a recent Reddit Gifts Maker Faire gift exchange. I knew about them and I understood the basic concept. It was almost comical that it arrived days after I was telling Bart about Raspberry Pi. He had never heard of it and we were going to the Bay Area Maker Faire.

You might be asking, “What is a Raspberry Pi?”

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Let’s take a look at how I put mine together.

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Raspberry Pi is actually a complete computer the size of a credit card! You would have to see it to believe it!

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The above photo was the contents of the box.

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The Pi 3 Model B uses a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, has 1GB RAM, integrated 802.11n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.1. It even has 4 USB ports so you can attach a mouse, keyboard and anything else you might desire.

The book that comes with it gives you simple instructions so you can attach the heat sinks, connect to a power supply and a monitor. It then instructs you how to connect USB devices and finally how to connect to a network.

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The Raspberry Pi comes with NOOBS. The SD card is used to download the Raspbian operating system. Raspbian is based off of Debain Linux. The recommended programming language is Phython.

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My Santa blessed me with a bundle that had a case to protect my mini computer.

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Once you are done building your computer, you initaly use the NOOBS software. NOOBS will walk you through downloading and installing Raspbian.

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When it comes to kids and learning to code, The Raspberry Pi Foundation has a solution.

“Code Clubs are volunteer-led extra-curricular coding clubs for children age 9 to 13. Children that attend learn to code games, animations, and websites using the projects we provide. Working with volunteers and with other children in their club, they grow their digital skillset.”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has several projects on their website to assist in teaching and inspiring people. You can see one of them here.

Kids might try something like this:

Honestly, I was thinking of trying something robotic or animated. Bart wants to create something with music on it.

Santa had other plans. A day after I received my Pi I got another box on my door step.

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What could be inside?

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Are you kidding me? I can turn my Raspberry Pi into a Nintendo?

I hear Mario calling…. Your princess is in another castle. Sorry guys, I need to go jump some pipes and swim through fish to find my princess.

Okay, so Raspberry Pi is awesome. I am in love with it. I am having a lot of fun!

Meanwhile, kids are enjoying summer vacation.Very soon parents will be shopping for school supplies.

I want to help you buy some crayons and  safety scissors  or maybe your own Raspberry Pi.  SOOOOO, I am giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card!


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School Supply Shopping

214 thoughts on “Raspberry Pi3 is the simple way to learn to code”

  1. My favorite memory is when I was in fifth grade and my dad took me back to school shopping at Sear’s.

  2. My favorite memory was when i was really little and I would hide in the racks of clothes and jump out at my mom. I doubt this is her favorite memory.

  3. My favorite memory of back to school shopping was the comforting feeling of new stuff to get ready for the upcoming year ahead. A nice way to start “fresh” in a sense.

  4. As soon as they go on super sale! It used to be August but now the stores keep moving everything earlier!!!

  5. I shop for school supplies in August (1 month before school starts) and look for bargains and sale. The best memory is finding high quality mechanical pen and pencils marked down 75% off.

  6. I usually shop for school supplies at Target during August or just whenever there are sales, but this year my sister got me into online shopping.

  7. Unfortunately my sons are always bored when I try to take them shopping with me, but when I was younger my absolute favorite memory I have of back to school shopping was when the strap of my old book bag had broken during the summer (I used that book bag all year round) and I needed a new one. My dad had taken me to the store to buy school supplies and was extremely kind enough to splurge a bit and let me have a snazzy book bag. I still have it, and it’s held up pretty well through the years.

  8. My favorite memory of back to school shopping was getting to pick out folders! I loved choosing folders with pictures of animals on them when I was in 1st grade.

  9. I liked the start of the school year when all my school supplies were all new and I had a new outfit to wear.

  10. I start looking at the school supplies after July 4th, when they start putting them out. I start buying whenever I see something I need at a good deal.

  11. My favorite back to school shopping memory is buying a Strawberry Shortcake shirt. I liked it much that I wore it for school pictures that year.

  12. I remember getting my new stuff and promising myself that THIS year would be different – that I would stay organized and focused. That lasted about 2 weeks.

  13. I remember being so excited school shopping before entering Junior High (Gr.7) but then I got sick & had to miss first 2 weeks….down hill from there!!

  14. I start shopping for school supplies over the holiday (time off) and toward the date the school starts..

  15. My mom always took me shopping the first week of August. She was the best and I loved it. Thank you so much!!

  16. I can vividly remember taking off from home and going to the mall. We were looking for new clothes plus a new backpack. I was about 14 years old then. We had so much fun, me and my sister and father. It was a great time.

  17. When I was in school I would start shopping when the back to school flyers came out about the end of July.

  18. I used to be super excited about the new school stuff! New pencils, new notebooks, new textbooks and perhaps most exciting of all, new outfit for back to school!

  19. When my kids were in school, I started shopping for school supplies as soon as the school published their list-usually the beginning of August.

  20. A favorite memory was all the new school supples I was getting, as well as new clothes for the school year.

  21. Best memory was shopping with my parents, I could get the newest pens and stuff which were all the hype at school.

  22. I usually start me shopping for back to school when we go to the C.N.E. in Toronto. They have a section where you can get clothing at great prices.

  23. My favorite memory of back to school shopping is getting some new clothes and footwear. A new backpack.

  24. My favourite memory of back to school shopping was getting a new outfit. That was always special because we didn’t have a lot of money and rarely got new things. 🙂

  25. The thing I remember most is tripping on a shelf in a store and everything falling down, now it’s the most embarrassing time every time I have to go back

  26. When do you start shopping for school supplies? June
    What is your favorite memory of back to school shopping? How excited my kids get when they get new school things.

  27. I will answer both comment requests in this one post. I love to start shopping whenever there is a good deal, but usually I would start the end of July. My favorite memory of back to school shopping is when shopping for clothes and seeing them all cleaned up and in different (styles and colors) clothes that they do not usually wear.

  28. I don’t have kids so I don’t have to back to school shop anymore
    My favorite back to school shopping memory was the fun of choosing new clothes and pretty pens!

  29. I don’t go to school anymore, but my favorite memory of back to school shopping is getting a new bag, shoes, and school supplies. It was a lot of fun.

  30. We usually start school shopping at the beginning of July. We are done clothes shopping for our kids but the supply lists do not come out until the 24th. They are so particular with their supplies so we’re gonna wait til then.

  31. My favorite memory of back to school is when we were growing up me and my 2 sisters were so close and we would get so excited for back to school shopping. Lol my poor dad. It was an all day thing with us.

  32. My fave memory is of back-to-school shopping with my Mom and getting that new pkg of pencil crayons. I had to make them last all year because we couldn’t afford to replace them so they were really special to buy

  33. I used to love setting everything up so it was ready to use – all new and clean. Sharpening my pencil crayons and putting the paper in binders.

  34. My favorite memory regarding back to school shopping was going to the store with my mom when I was a kid. Mom and I used to fill the cart with clothes and supplies and laugh and have a good time. We loved shopping together, and we still do! 🙂

  35. I homeschool so I’m always constantly shopping for school supplies. I’ve purchased a few curriculum books, now I need to start buying everything else.

  36. My favorite memory would be going clothes shopping for back to school, we always had such a great day shopping with our mom. We’d try our clothes on when we’d get home, then weren’t allowed to touch them until the first day of school lol.

  37. My favorite memory of back to school shopping was when Staples and some other stores had most of what I still needed for pennies a piece! I made several trips and really stocked up. Didn’t have to buy but very little for several years! I love those penny deals!!

  38. I am the oldest of five kids. I can remember going to the local drygoods store to purchase shoes for all of us. They would line us up from big to small going through the process of measuring, etc. It was a very big deal to all.

  39. My grandchildren go back to school right after Labor Day so Aug 1 my son and I go school shopping for them.. Supplies and ordering their uniforms….

  40. Wow that was so many many years ago…I guess it was that mom and I were at the beach until the last week of August and we would shop at the stores in that community….My school clothes would have been bought in July before we left….

  41. My favorite memory would be going shopping with my mom and 2 sisters. We didn’t have a lot of money but my mom always would get us what we needed and some that we really wanted!

  42. Mom and dad always bought supplies through out the year. So there was never just one time we went to get things.

  43. as soon as the sales come, i shop! I remember filling the cart with colored notebooks and trying to get a lunch box out of the deal 🙂

  44. Honestly, I began shopping for school supplies when I was in college. But my favorite memory as it comes to school shopping is definitely when my mom would get me poptarts for my first day of classes (it was a treat for me)

  45. I wouldn’t really say I have a favorite memory of school shopping It’s usually quite boring for me honestly, haha.

  46. I don’t start school until January so all my back to school shopping will have to be done in December or so! Ummm my most favourite memory/ thing about back to school shopping is basically buying notebooks. I love notebooks! Unwritten potential!

  47. My daughter’s new school just posted online the supplies list so we are now starting on that list. As far as school clothes go.. we’ll get a little at a time throughout the summer but she starts back in 3 weeks!

  48. One of my favorite back to school shopping memories were … probably when i turned 15 my parents took me to the outlet shopping centers in TN i thought i was in heaven!! and not very expensive at all

  49. My favorite memory of back to school shopping was when I got to buy myself all those art supplies. The only time I felt like I was in heaven

  50. I used to love getting brand new stationery for back to school. I once got a set with slogans on like ‘down with school’ and ‘I hate homework’, which I adored! :;

  51. I would always start my mid to late July shopping for school supplies. Or when the stores started offering incredible deals and I had the supply list I would pick up products then.

  52. I do not have any specific memories. My general memories were fairly excited because I loved getting new clothes do it was fun.

  53. I never stop! Always trying to pick up bits and pieces when I see them on special and then hoard them until needed 🙂

  54. There were often times where I was taken to the stationers and told to book up whatever I needed/wanted…. I wish I still had access to free stationery like that, lol.

  55. My favorite memory of back to school shopping is when my grandmother would take us clothes shopping. I loved picking out what I wanted to wear for the year!

  56. We have our back to school shopping done already. We normally start a month before school starts. School starts here August 16.

  57. I used to love the excitement of having fresh stationery – a new set of markers or colored pencils made me so happy as a kid!

  58. We get our school supply list for the next year at the end of each school year. I try to pick up something from the list each week all summer long.

  59. I was heading into high school and my mom let me pick out a pair of Jordache and a pair of Sasoon french cut jeans. She had refused to let me wear those skin tight, organ squishing jeans before that, I felt so grown up.

  60. We always did our back to school shopping at the last minute. We were horrible procrastinators. Trying on and buying new clothes for school was always the most fun. Looking for the other supplies…not so much.

  61. Not sure I have a favorite memory for anything like this but I do like when I can find terrific deals like I did today on back to school items. Some other favorites is after school has already started, many things get put on clearance so I try to get what I can for my 5 kids for the following year.

  62. My favorite memory of back to school shopping was of shopping for school supplies and clothes my Senior year of high school and realizing that the next time I got to do it, I would be a college student!

  63. My favorite back to school shopping memory was when I got to pick out a special folder each year. I always picked one with an animal on it or Lisa Frank branded!

  64. My favorite memories are from a unique pens that I bought at one time to behind great pens, never found the same

  65. My favorite memory was right before the 7th grade– I got some cute light blue Nikes. They were my first sneakers that weren’t cheap.

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