Raspberry Pi 2 is a US$ 35 computer board to which you attach a monitor, keyboard, mouse and Ethernet connection. You can use the Pi 2 for web browsing and other functions, but it also comes with Scratch.
Scratch is a programming system that is very similar to MIT App Inventor. You can learn more about Scratch in our previous post on that topic!
But because one of Raspberry Pi’s goals is to advance computer science education, there’s a few pieces of bundled software that can help achieve that goal. This includes a drag-and-drop visual programming language called Scratch (great for beginners to create animations and games), as well as Sonic Pi (for creating electronic music) and more advanced programming languages like Python (also included).
And speaking of STEM, here are some videos from yesterday’s Oregon City FRC FIRST Robotics Pacific Northwest District 2 (Oregon) robotics competition. 35 high school robotic teams took part, with Team #4488 “Shockwave” taking first by total points. I am biased: I am a volunteer engineering mentor with the Shockwave team, from Glencoe High School, Hillsboro, Oregon. Go Shockwave!
FRC Oregon City Videos
Semifinals 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZPkHyEoJtQ
Semifinals 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCxMc4uIcr0
Semifinals 2 #4488 robot had a communication problem, fixed with system reset (2nd camera view) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2u04N9eZgI
Semifinals 3 – no video (I had to step out during this match)
Semifinals 4 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuG5OZcfMIE
Semifinals 5 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnMkUqSNBpc
Semifinals 5 – Shockwave close up (2nd camera view) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr-I2IJhY8A
Semifinals 6 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBpNjp2Vz8w
Finals 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwPZPkc_HRQ
Finals 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWkizHGqcys
Finals 1 RED FIELD only – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joK5mzFH2qs
Finals 2 RED FIELD only – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyXdVEmmBXI
Most of the above are in 4K Ultra HD format.
During an early semifinals match, Team #4488, in the lead, lost communications and control of their robot. The cause was never determined but a reset of the systems enabled the team to continue on to a 1st place finish as part of the RED alliance team.