This lesson is a presentation that is meant to open students eyes to the power of the Raspberry Pi. We focus on the basics of a computer, input, and output, and share examples of cool projects that are done in a number of industries. Biomedical, home security, seismology, environmental science are a few that can be shared. A discussion about the Internet of things (IoT) and how computer programs function will be valuable here.
In the slides, there is a link to the Code.org video – What makes a computer a computer – Its an excellent introduction to the idea of a computer and the way that it takes in and puts out information.
After going through the video here and sharing some of the photos of cool projects I try to get a discussion going in which the students have a chance to share what problems or issues might have been addressed with the technology. If there is someone in your community willing to share their Raspberry Pi’s project in some capacity – this is a wonderful time. The idea here is to build excitement for what is possible and then to get them ready for the challenging work ahead.
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