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Adventures In Raspberry Pi Paperback – January 7, 2014

ISBN-13: 978-1118751251 ISBN-10: 1118751256 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118751256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118751251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...all I can say is that the book is blessed with an easy-going, but ultra-clear, style of writing. Carrie Anne Philbin has created a beautiful book that deserves a place on any Pi owners bookshelf. There's only one score I can give to this book: 10/10." (Raspberry Pi Pod, February 2014) " Adventures in Raspberry Pi slowly builds up the difficulty, constantly challenging the newcomer to learn more and improve on their skills and that's what makes it such an excellent book for teachers, kids, parents or just non-technical humans who want to learn a bit." (Linux Voice, April 2014)

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I'm an award winning secondary Computing & ICT Teacher at Robert Clack School and a member of the DfE Computing expert panel reviewing the new programme of study.

I'm currently collaborating with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on a scheme of work for KS3 to teach programming theory using the Pi as a synthesizer called Sonic Pi, an idea developed by Sam Aaron at Cambridge University.

I am the author of 'Adventures in Raspberry Pi' a computing book for teenagers wanting to get started with Raspberry Pi and programming.

As an advocate for women in tech, I created a YouTube video series for teenage girls called The Geek Gurl Diaries, which has won a Talk Talk Digital Hero Award. The episodes include interviews with women working in technology and hands on computer science based tutorials.

I am vice chair of the Computing At Schools initiative to get more girls and minority groups into computing called CAS #include and have helped organise #define, a workshop based hack day for teenagers concentrating on delivering good content to include all and 'Hack the Curric' bringing academics, educators and industry experts together to create inclusive resources for the new Computing curriculum.

In 2012 I became a Google Certified Teacher and KS3 ICT subject Leader at my school in East London. I have a blended and open approach to teaching as can be seen by my website ICT with Miss P that students use to access their weekly lessons. I use innovative web tools to help support and extend the learning in my 21st century classroom.

I'm an evangelist for my subject, and often speak at conferences like BETT, Raspberry Jamboree, YRS and PyconUK.

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--The Big Adventure -- building a Pi jukebox using an LCD screen, MP3 music files, and GPIO button controls.
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I used this book with freshman high school age students in introductory course.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Douglas R. Henry on January 10, 2014
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I teach computers to 3rd-8th graders. As our STEM effort, we do Scratch and (of course) Minecraft. This book caught my eye because it unites these with a cool, inexpensive hardware component (the Pi) as well as introductory Python and Turtle programming. Kids at this level can benefit most from a smorgasbord of brief introductory activities that hold their interest, rather than an in-depth programming or robotics course. This book is a great collection of entrees for just that purpose.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilkens on December 29, 2013
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I've had a Raspberry Pi for awhile now, but have been kind of at a loss on what do to with it. I initially got it set up following Carrie Anne's excellent video tutorials. I've found her Adventures in Raspberry Pi to be just the catalyst I needed to start trying out new things with my Raspberry Pi. I like that each adventure/chapter provides self-contained activities that include not only detailed instructions, but easy to understand definitions and hints for further explorations. I also appreciate how computer science concepts are introduced as they relate to the project and not the other way around. There are also very helpful video tutorials available for each project. While geared toward young people, this book is really the perfect companion for anyone wanting to get started with Raspberry Pi.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gene Williams on July 1, 2014
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I have examined several books (selected on the basis of described content and Amazon.com ratings) that deal with the Raspberry Pi and, in my opinion, Philbin's book is clearly the best for a beginner. She writes in a direct clear-cut style and the book has excellent full-color diagrams. While it may be aimed at 11- to 15-year-old students, the book would serve equally well for adults. With nine "adventures", the author covers just about everything that you might hope for in a logical and progressive fashion.

More about the "adventures":
#1 -- Introduces the Pi and describes how to get it up an running in various ways, including the up-to-date NOOBS.
#2 -- Summarizes the basics of Linux in an easy-to-follow set of instructions.
#3 -- Introduces programming concepts with Scratch by making an adventure game.
#4 -- With a fun graphics project, the author makes a clever transition from Scratch to Python .
#5 -- Significant programming with Python -- again, with an adventure game. The author wisely (I think) uses Python 3.
#6 -- Minecraft on the Pi and Python programming applied to Minecraft.
#7 -- Coding music with Sonic Pi.
#8 -- Using the general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins on the Pi -- the Python library that controls GPIO pins.
#9 --The Big Adventure -- building a Pi jukebox using an LCD screen, MP3 music files, and GPIO button controls.

It is a great sequence that could be adapted by a teacher for use at several grade levels -- and it would certainly appeal to a young person or an adult working solo.

Although the book is well-illustrated, the publisher's web site for the book also provides a set of videos that cover each adventure. I found these very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Questor on June 6, 2014
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I like the way this book is organized and takes the young learner through a variety of different projects that can be done on the Raspberry Pi. It's amazingly versatile. It also works well for us that one of the early sections includes Pi work on Scratch, which we're already somewhat familiar with, so it's a good door for us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sim_Perf on August 23, 2014
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This book is great for starter and very helpful with pictures. My 9 years old was able to follow and use it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alison M. Hapka on January 4, 2014
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I follow the author on YouTube and was excited to see she published a book. The book is an engaging read - which is rare for a technical book. The book also includes several projects from simple to complex so you can build your skill level and design your own projects using your new skills. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2014
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Even old retiree with below average IQ can follow along and prepare to teach the grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2014
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Very well written. Although I am not a student, I am a teacher and plan to use the information with my students. It is presented in a manner that is easy to understand and pass along.
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