Open Source Hardware and Software at IIT

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Two Days of Training with IIT, ASM, and Element 14

During the Hour of Code on December x, 2013 ScienceFist partnered with the IIT Boeing Scholars, After School Matters, and Element 14 to do the first of two days of training using Raspberry Pis and Arduinos.

This event was supported by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the IIT Boeing Scholars and was attended by y teachers and out-of-school providers.  Our goal was to introduce them to the projects that are available through open source hardware and software.

This who area was a little new to me, so I had some learning to do my self.  The Raspberry Pi is a very small computer, and costs only $35.  It runs on a Linux operating system, and it was made to introduce students to programming and computer science in a very accessible way.  If you have the Pi, an SD card, a monitor, keyboard, and roughly $15 worth of cables, then you have yourself a fully functional computer.

Our attendees were introduced to ways to hack into Minecraft, and how to make an Internet Radio.

On the Arduino side, our attendees learned how to connect an arduino to their computer and light up some LEDs and interact with a sensor.

All around, it was a great hour of code.  At the end of it all, we were exhausted, and we sat down for an hour of beer.

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