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Tinkering with Raspberry Pi

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Tinkering with Raspberry Pi

A technology book for kids!

Do you want to learn how computers work? This book introduces you to the world of computing with the Raspberry Pi - the small, inexpensive, and super-cool microcomputer that teaches real tech skills. Use the Pi to create things while learning all about computers, from the inside out!

  • Start it up —get your Raspberry Pi set up, configured, and ready for action
  • Create music —start the party using Sonic Pi to record your own songs
  • Game on —combine Python® and Minecraft® and start programming your own video game world.
  • A technology book for kids!

    Do you want to learn how computers work? This book introduces you to the world of computing with the Raspberry Pi - the small, inexpensive, and super-cool microcomputer that teaches real tech skills. Use the Pi to create things while learning all about computers, from the inside out!

  • Start it up —get your Raspberry Pi set up, configured, and ready for action
  • Create music —start the party using Sonic Pi to record your own songs
  • Game on —combine Python® and Minecraft® and start programming your own video game world.
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    About the Author-
    • Richard Wentk is a developer with more than 15 years of experience and is one of the UK's most reliable technology writers. He is also the author of Raspberry Pi For Kids For Dummies and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Raspberry Pi.

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction: About raspberry pi 1

      About This Book 1

      About You 2

      Icons Used in This Book 3

      Where to Go from Here 3

      Project 1: Pick Up Pi Parts 4

      Understanding the Pi System 4

      Picking a Pi Model 5

      Understanding Must-Have Extras 6

      Picking Nice-to-Have Extras 14

      Collecting Parts the Lazy Way: Starter Kits 19

      Project 2: Power on Your?@Pi 21

      Finding and Recognizing Parts 21

      Setting Up Your Pi System 22

      Setting up Desks and Chairs 22

      Making the Connections 23

      Getting Ready to Turn on the Pi 26

      Lights! Camera! Action! 27

      Setting Up the Pi 27

      Booting into Raspbian 31

      Looking at the Desktop 32

      Project 3: Start Scratch from Scratch 37

      Understanding Scratch 37

      Connecting Blocks and Making Scripts 39

      Finding and Starting Scratch 39

      Looking Around Scratch 40

      Understanding the Stage 42

      Moving a Sprite with Go To 43

      Making a Simple Script 46

      Controlling a Script 49

      Making a Simple Bounce Script 53

      Introducing Variables 54

      Project 4: Meet Sonic Pi 62

      Getting Started with Sonic Pi 63

      Setting Up Sound on the Pi 64

      Playing Tunes with Sonic Pi 66

      Taking a Guided Tour 69

      Understanding Notes 74

      Making Different Sounds 76

      Making More Complicated Music 79

      Project 5: Pick Up Python 83

      Meet Python 84

      Remember Information 90

      Use the Shell and the Editor 95

      Learning More Python 101

      Project 6: Master Minecraft with Python 106

      Getting Started with Minecraft 106

      Exploring the World 107

      Understanding APIS 110

      Using the Minecraft API 113

      Project 7: More Things to See and Do 119

      Scratch 119

      Sonic Pi 120

      Python Projects 121

      Minecraft and Python 122

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