MagPi Stand Showcase

Posted: October 3, 2013 in General

For those who attended the BCS Bootcamp, here are links to some of the things you saw on the MagPi table!

Those who didn’t make it there, here is some of the stuff you missed (perhaps you can join us at the next one on November 16th).

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Breadboard Traffic Light Demo

This went down very well, and congrats to all those who gave it a go and took the first steps to becoming electronic engineers!

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I seem to recall a 7 year old girl, who not only put it together in ultra quick time, but it worked without any issues.  Gaining some well deserved sweets!

(contact me if you would like more details on the kits)

Note:  I didn’t have time to arrange a draw for completed circuits (like I hoped to).

Therefore send me some photo of the kits being used on the day (or the MagPi stand, or a workshop you enjoyed)  and I shall select the best and send a kit out to a winner.

Darwin Monkey Demo

Running on my adapted portable DVD player (which has squashed version of the Meltwater’s DC-DC Power Supply Unit inside).  The Python library for the 3D graphics was Pi3D [] and the PIR sensors were from (although available in many places quite cheap).


Adding the code make the Monkey head move in response to the hardware was fairly easy, and this shows how different the Raspberry Pi is from a normal computer (imagine what would be needed to do that on a PC).

If you want to see some more of Pi3D, here is a demo showing the popular SNAKE style game…in 3D!

Also, if you fancy some Scary Halloween fun, then this is a good use of the PIR sensors…

Texy’s LCD Touch Screen

The touch screen (and excellent case) is available from here [].  A review will be posted soon on this.


(image from texy – I’ve didn’t get chance to take some on the day)

Raspberry  Pi Cookbook for Python Programmers by Tim Cox

I was very proud to be able to tell everyone about my book!  It was made available for pre-order just the night before.


Pre-order from Packt Publishing here:

The book is aimed at those who want to really explore the many things the Raspberry Pi can do.  Everything is using Python 3, starting at basics and quickly building up your skills to try out a huge range of examples.  It would be ideal for inspiration for your own projects, as a source of ideas when planning lessons or clubs, or simply a way to build up a collection of useful skills and knowledge to apply else-where.  Each chapter focuses on a new topic, containing several examples which introduce how it works and allows you to apply what you learn in more advanced ways, as you progress.

Meltwater’s Hardware Kits

Both the kits are available on this site, from the shop.

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Meltwater’s RGB-LED Module – Learn about hardware and make something yourself (with detailed instructions), then use the lessons on this site to learn more advanced Python.

Meltwater’s DC-DC Power Supply Unit – I needed it for my projects, so I made it into a kit for others.

Python for Kids, Super Scratch Programming Adventure

Although I’ve not involved in any way with these books, it doesn’t stop me from liking them.  In particular, the Python for Kids book makes an excellent reference for Adults too (it spent some of the day being used in one of the workshops).


The MagPi Magazine

Visit the site and download the latest issue, or buy the printed issues from one of our retailers.

The latest Issue 17 is now available!


Teachers / Schools:

It was excellent seeing so many teachers at the Raspberry Pi Bootcamp.

The MagPi is keen to find out how we can help with getting the Raspberry Pi into the classrooms, and helping where we can.

Hopefully we can help you to  find out the information you need and you can help us determine which content is applicable and useful for schools.

On a related note: I’ve just found out that my daughter (at the time 5 years old) covered parts of Key Stage 1 (from what I tell) last year helping me with my “Meeting Pi” article.

  1. paddy says:

    The bootcamp looks excellent, the moving monkey head is rather surreal, did it manage to ‘follow’ people as they walked past? Definite Halloween potential.

    Also congratulations on getting to the point of no return with the book – looking forward to seeing the finished article

    • People spent ages waving at him, getting him to turn etc (I made it slightly random). It was great to tell people about how powerful the GPU was and be able to demo it, plus show that you can quickly tie in hardware into anything.

      Thanks for the help, the Pi3D chapter is a real credit to the book and was a really fun chapter to work on (really pleased that others will be able to enjoy learning about 3D graphics too). Really makes the RPi shine!

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