Raspberry Pi for the Serious Hacker
Project 1: Raspberry Pi Traffic Light
Using an I2C Chip and a 2-Input Positive NOR Gate
Part 1, September 20, 2014, 9 am to 12 pm, at Imagination Station
Part 2, September 27, 2014, 9 am to 12 pm, at Imagination Station
Picture below is the traffic light setup:
Starting in September and continuing at least through November we will begin a workshop series at the museum “hacking” the Raspberry Pi and sundry devices that can be controlled by the Pi.
The class is open to adults and young people who are at least 11 by September 1st (there are some restrictions for anyone under 18 so please contact Brian Grawburg.) The workshop will be held on Saturdays from 9:00 am to Noon. Each month we'll have two sessions devoted to a single project. Although each monthly project builds on the previous workshop it is not necessary to attend the previous month's program.
Each workshop costs $30 ($45 for 2 from the same family) and includes some printed material and the use of monitors, keyboards, and a mouse for your Raspberry Pi. You must provide your own Pi (with an SD card and power supply), however if you don't have one you can purchase it from the museum with advanced notice.
Because each 2-week workshop actually builds something there are some components that must be purchased such as breadboards, LEDs, resistors, switches, integrated circuit chips, and jumper wires. A list will be provide prior to the workshop or a kit can be purchased from the museum. (All materials are supplied at our cost.)
This is an advanced workshop. High school students and adults who have no experience with Linux, the Python programming language, or the Raspberry Pi should consider taking the three hour “crash course on the Pi” that will be given prior to the start of each month's workshop. There is a $25 fee for this class. Any middle school student who has already completed both Raspberry Pi summer camps is eligible for any workshop.
For those individuals who do not have access at home to an extra monitor the Raspberry Pi computer room will be available during the week, however there will be no one from the museum to provide any assistance. (This room is available for high school students and above; no children unless they are with one of their parents.)
The workshops are limited to 10 people.
Any questions about the workshops should be directed to Brian Grawburg – firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects Planned So Far Include:
- Temperature monitor with logging and e-mail alert.
- Using relays to control voltages above 5 VDC by creating a two-turnout HO train hump yard. In addition to the relays the project also introduces the use of an I2C port expander chip and infrared sensors.