Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHi. Welcome back. In last week's activities, you set up your Raspberry Pi and wrote your first Python programme. This week, you're going to get physical. You'll learn all about the GPIO pins on your Raspberry Pi and how they can be connected to real-world devices. You'll build a circuit using an LED and switch it on and off using some Python code. Once you control an LED, you'll be able to create light sequences with multiple LEDs or broadcast messages using Morse code. It's been great to see so many of you sharing and discussing your learning from week one. There are many more opportunities to do the same thing this week, and we look forward to hearing from you all.

Week 2 welcome

In Week 1 you looked at how the Raspberry Pi can facilitate teaching your students in Physical Computing. You also learned how to setup the Raspberry Pi, discovered some interesting terminology, and wrote your first few lines of code using the programming language Python 3.

This week you’re going to be getting physical with the Raspberry Pi, and use it to control a simple circuit that you can build in minutes.

We invite you to join discussions about this course, which are at the bottom of each learning step. Why not post a question if you need a bit of help with a concept or take a shot at answering another student’s question? As you know, teaching others reinforces what you’re learning and you might pick up some new information too!

This week you will:

  • Learn all about the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi and how they can be connected to real world devices.
  • Build a circuit featuring an LED and switch it on and off using some Python code.
  • Create light sequences using ,multiple LEDs or broadcast encoded messages using LED flashes.

In the comments below, take a moment to answer the question:

What experience do you have in using or teaching simple electronics?

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Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python

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