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Adventures In Raspberry Pi Paperback – January 7, 2014

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 10
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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The book is well written and I love Philbin's youtube work. I heard her mention the book, immediately came to Amazon to purchase it...held up only to the fact that I saw a 2nd edition is soon to be released. I waited a couple weeks & still no 2nd edition, so I pulled the trigger.

I now wish that I had used those couple weeks to check it out from the library.

I feel like my biggest issue is the fact that there were many terms that were technical enough that my 10 year old couldn't read the book herself. While I normally would accept any retort concerning the targeted age group, in this case I cannot accept any notion of my 10 year old not being able to read this...she has read books since she was 2 years old, she tested at an 8th grade reading level in Kindergarten, and could have tested higher but the elementary schools are only capable of testing at the middle school level. The girl can read...and definitely at the level of an 11 year old.

My second issue was concerning the claims of 9 awesome projects. My count is really only 5 projects, if you really stretch your definition of project, I can accept a count of 7 projects. But there is in no way 9 projects in this book. And that's not including my thoughts on the word awesome since it's too subjective a subject to really broach. But if you asked me about the count of awesome projects, it's more like 2-3 awesome projects for a kid in the target demographic of 11-15 years old.

I felt like there was a lot of time wasted in setup, the first two 'projects' are devoted to getting to know the pi and they were essentially completely covered in a 10 minute youtube video.

Other than that, like I said, it was well written, I love the level of detail, and the path that it begins young children down. For that I can't give it a negative review, but to that end, the book is over priced in my opinion.
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