I purchased the third edition of Adventures in Raspberry Pi a couple of weeks ago. My intention is to use this as a guide to create lessons that can be implemented in a classroom environment.
I will probably tie these lessons into my other post, PIPER Computer Kit. This will create a more rounded and thorough unit of lessons. I will also need to tie in the standards associated with each chapter.
This book is broken down into 10 “Adventures”. Each adventure is a different chapter, and I will be creating a new post for each adventure, this being the first.
It is mentioned in each “Adventure” what materials are needed. I would have preferred a thorough list at the beginning of the book. This would have allowed me to order the materials needed to get through the book in advance. Fortunately, I have most of the items required (bread board, jumper wires, resistors, LED’s, etc.). There were some specific items that I did not have, such as camera module, Sense HAT, Explorer HAT, and LCD screen. I have compiled a complete Materials list for this book, which hopefully will help someone on their adventure.
The first Adventure takes you through the setup of the Raspberry Pi. The basic hardware requirements to get up and running — and some optional pieces — are referenced as well. You are brought through the process of downloading the Operating System and preparing the SD card. Once the operating system is loaded onto the SD card, you are led through the setup and configuration process, and will have a Raspberry Pi that boots up to the desktop environment.
Now the exploration of the desktop begins. A thorough description of the menus and applications is presented, and you are shown how to connect the WiFi, so you can have Internet access. A brief message about properly shutting down your Raspberry Pi is in this chapter also.
The final section of this chapter covers the backup of your SD card. This process will create a snapshot of your fully configured Raspberry Pi, which you can save for backup and restoration purposes. Alternatively, you could then load your snapshot onto many SD cards, and have them ready for other Raspberry Pi computers in the future.
I felt this chapter provided a thorough and complete description of the setup of a brand new Raspberry Pi. The next Adventure, “Taking Command of Your Raspberry Pi,” covers the Terminal and the Command Line Interface.
Follow along as I move through all 10 Adventures!