Have you been thinking about getting a babysitter for your favorite plant? Iching to build a theremin you play by waving your hands? Craving a Twitter bot or need to transform an old USB printer into a wifi one?
You can tackle all of these projects and more with either an Arduino Uno Starter Kit or a Raspberry Pi 3 Ultimate Starter Kit . Both are now available for checkout from either the Jones Media Center or the Kresge Physical Sciences Library.
Each kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3 or an Arduino Uno, plus all the components and accessories you need to get started. Both Arduino and Raspberry Pi can be useful for programming beginners.
What are Arduino and Raspberry Pi?
"Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects. Arduino consists of both a physical programmable circuit board (often referred to as a microcontroller) and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on your computer, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board." (source)
"The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse… It's capable of doing everything you'd expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games." (source)
You can find books and websites with project ideas on the Arduino & Raspberry Pi research guide.