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Emerging Technology & 3D Printing at Centennial Libraries

Learn about the library's technology collection and 3D printing service! Borrow resources like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, virtual reality headsets, podcasting kits & more!

What is Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is a small computer called a microcontroller that anyone can use to learn programming -- from beginners to accomplished engineers. Microcontrollers are tiny computers that can be used to make objects interactive. You can program your Raspberry Pi to take in information from its environment and turn that information into action. 

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Borrow It!

Click on a piece of technology to see if it's available in the library and place a hold to reserve it. Watch this video to learn how to place a hold. If the item is available, you can also come to your campus library and ask for an item to borrow it. 

Getting Started

To get started with Raspberry Pi, you will need to insert an SD card into your Raspberry Pi with the program Raspbian installed. 

Follow these instructions to learn how to set up your Raspberry Pi
NOTE: You will need to attach a mousekeyboard, and monitor to successfully set up your Raspberry Pi. 

Check out the links below for more information on setting up your Raspberry Pi: 

Connect your Raspberry Pi to a Touchscreen

Instead of connecting the Raspberry Pi to a keyboard, mouse and monitor, you can instead connect it to a touchscreen. Borrow a 7" Touchscreen or a 3.5" Touchscreen from the library. 

Watch this video to learn how to connect the touchscreen to your Raspberry Pi:

 

Projects

The project hub on the Raspberry Pi website has tons of great project ideas for all users -- from beginners to advanced programmers. 

These projects will help you get started:

Users will have even more fun with Raspberry Pi after learning some coding skills. Check out these activities to get started:

Learn more about Arduino using these eBooks from the library

Looking for something more advanced? Try these Raspberry Pi challenges!

For Educators

Interested in using Raspberry Pi in your classroom, but not sure where to start? Contact your librarian, Natalie Colaiacovo (ncolaiacovo@centennialcollege.ca) for support and resources. 

Use Raspberry Pi to introduce your students to:

  • Computer programming
  • Physical computing
  • Design & innovation
  • Manufacturing

Students can:

  • Develop skills in computer programming and coding
  • Prototype new projects & inventions
  • Exercise skills in web- and product- design
  • Learn problem-solving & creative thinking skills

Educating with Raspberry Pi

Director of Education at the Raspberry Pi foundation, Clive Beale discusses Rasberry Pi's beginnings as an educational platform

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Raspberry Pi Components

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