The Raspberry Pi is the infamous credit card sized computer that has revitalised the computer based experiementation first seen with the BBC Micro in the 1980s. It runs a special flavour of Linux called Raspbian, which encourages students to explore the inner workings of a modern operating system. The Pi comes with GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins that allow it to be connected to external devices ranging from LEDs and motors to temperature and movement sensors. There many things that you can do with a Raspberry Pi including:
If you are interested in experiementing with a Raspberry Pi you will need to buy a few items. There are a number of companies that sell the Raspberry Pi and its accessories such as Amazon, CPC-Farnells, Pi Hut and Element14. Prices and options vary – its worth shopping around.
There are many things you can do with a Raspberry Pi on its own but a few optional extras will make it much more exciting: