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Bots & Bytes Fall 2019

A volunteer project teaching physical computing (computers and electronics that interact with the real world) culminating in a challenge course with a robo-car.

Bots & Bytes Fall 2019

Can be accessed online @ https://tinyurl.com/yyaxnwjg

Teaching the Raspberry Pi in Six Modules

A Volunteer Project for the MakerPlace @ the Midland Public Library


  1. Module 1: Introduction and Control LED (Blinky Lights)
  2. Module 2: Using Python to Control LED and Buzzer (All Singing, All Dancing)
  3. Module 3: Practise and Improve (Level Up)
  4. Module 4: Build the Robo-Car (If You Build It, They Will Come)
  5. Module 5: Test & Learn the Robo-Car (Smoke Test)

Bill of Materials (What you will need)

SeeBill of Materials


Additional Information


This series is aimed at a 9 to 11 year old audience in Ontario, Canada (originally a somewhat older audience was expected so you’ll notice that a shift in the presentation toward accommodating the younger members of the group), and their parents. Some references may not apply elsewhere (the US-style keyboard in the copy-paste handout, for instance would have be updated if the series were to be used in a region with a different standard keyboard).

Based On

License information: Unless otherwise specified, everything in this repository is covered by the following licence: Creative Commons License because the projects from which we borrow text and images are licensed under these terms.

Section Contents

  1. Module 1: Blinky Lights
  2. Avoid Typing: Cut & Paste Handout
  3. What You Will Need
  4. A Brief Introduction to Bots & Bytes
  5. Discovering the Raspberry Pi
  6. Getting Started With Mu
  7. Introduction to Electronics
  8. Raspberry Pi GPIO Pins
  9. Lighting an LED
  10. Blinking an LED
  11. Module 2: All Singing, All Dancing
  12. Review of Module 1
  13. An Explanation of Breadboards
  14. Using Buttons to Get Input
  15. Using a Buzzer
  16. Module 3: Level Up
  17. Review of Modules 1 and 2
  18. Loading Files in Mu
  19. The Three Most Basic Concepts in Electronics
  20. Clarifying Breadboards
  21. LED On, LED Off
  22. Easy Button
  23. The Future is Now: Laser Cutting
  24. Module 4: If You Build It, They Will Come
  25. Review of Modules 1-3
  26. Module 5: Smoke Test
  27. Review of Modules 1-4
  28. Headless Pi
  29. The Moment of Truth
  30. Additional Information: Module 1
  31. Extras for Module2: Button Logic
  32. Extras for Module 2: More Python Control
  33. More Mu
  34. Simple Control and Loops in Python
  35. More Control Logic and Loop in Python
  36. Making Traffic lights
  37. Traffic Lights Revisited
  38. Bots & Bytes 2019: Additional Information
  39. License
  40. Bots & Bytes Fall 2019
  41. Module 1: Blinky Lights
  42. Module 2: All Singing, All Dancing
  43. Module 3: Level Up
  44. Module 4: If you Build it, They Will Come
  45. Module 5: Smoke Test
  46. README for Bots & Bytes Fall 2019