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Electronics Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi

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Description

This kit is compatible with the Raspberry Pi models A, B, B+, 2, 3 and Pi Zero (header pins required for Pi Zero).

You are the proud owner of a Raspberry Pi and you are ready to start using it to experiment with electronics but where do you start?

The Raspberry Pi Electronic Starter Kit contains all the components you need, together with easy to follow instruction cards, in order to complete 10 simple experiments involving LEDs, thermistors, photoresistors and switches and is an ideal starting point for anyone new to electronics and the Raspberry Pi.

Contents

  • 470Ω resistor (5)
  • 1kΩ resistor (2)
  • 4.7MΩ resistor (1)
  • Red LED (2)
  • RGB LED (1)
  • Switch (2)
  • 330nF capacitor (1)
  • thermistor (1)
  • photoresistor (1)
  • buzzer (1)
  • raspberry leaf (1)
  • breadboard (1)
  • male to male jumper leads (10)
  • male to female jumper leads (10)
  • 10 easy to use instruction cards

DOES NOT INCLUDE RASPBERRY PI

Projects

  1. Make an LED blink
  2. Make 2 LEDs blink
  3. RGB Colour Display
  4. Thermometer
  5. Thermometer Plus
  6. Reaction Timer
  7. Light Meter
  8. Light Harp
  9. Proximity Detector
  10. Email Notifier

This is the thermometer project. It uses a thermistor to measure the temperature and the program for it has a graphical display of the temperature. The buzzer at the bottom sounds when the temperature is higher than a set point.

Getting Started

1. Open up the box and find the first card called ‘Getting Started’. This will tell you how to download the programs that accompany the book. If you are curious, you can also see them here on Github.

2. Pick one of the ten project cards and use the breadboard layout diagram and component key on the box lid to assemble the design.

3. Fit the Raspberry Leaf GPIO template over the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins and connect the breadboard to the GPIO connector using male to female jumper wires.

4. Run the program for that project.

5. Open up the program in IDLE or a text editor and read the comments about how it works and tinker!

Resources

MonkMakes’ friend Henry Budden is working on some new projects for you to make using this kit. The first of these is a Sunrise Alarm Clock. You can download this for free from: Here.

FAQ

Q. How can I see and edit the programs for this kit?

A. All the programs are on your Raspberry Pi, so from you LX Terminal window, change directory to “rpesk” (Raspberry Pi Electronics Starter Kit) using this command:

$ cd ~/rpesk

To edit one of the files, using the Nano editor run the following command, using the name of the file you want to edit:

$ nano 01_blink.py

When you have finished viewing or editing the file, press CTRL-X and then ENTER and press Y to confirm the file save.

 

Q. Not all of the programs work, some of them crash with an error message when I try and run them.

A. Some of programs have a graphical user interface (GUI) and therefore won’t run if you just run it from the command line without the windowing system running.

After logging in type:

$ xinit

You should then see a sort of Windows desktop show up on your monitor and there should be an icon for the LX Terminal on the left. Double click the icon for LX terminal. Now type the command to run the programs in the LX Terminal window. Remember that you will need to change directory to the directory containing the programs using the command:

$ cd ~/rpesk

Q. Why can’t I get projects 6 and 10 to work, its as if the buttons don’t work?

A. If you have switches with two legs rather than four, there is a slight modification that you need to make to the wiring. See the diagrams below for details.

Project 6. Reaction Timer with 2-leg switches

Project 10. Emailer with 2-leg switches




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