Our mission is to encourage individuals to start exploring next-generation technologies and then use our online courses to develop a diverse set of skills that can be applied to create new business opportunities.
The MicroPi is a Raspberry Pi 3A+ fitted with an extra board that features lights, IR sensors, buttons, audio-in, a small OLED screen, as well as interfaces for other devices such as motors. It's an exceptionally well-organized beginner package for learning about robots, home automation, and many other topics.
A Windows 10 laptop is an ideal companion for the MicroPi because it provides WiFi access to the graphical desktop, and a great way to enter the world of next-generation technology.
The RC2 kit comes with everything you'll need to construct a racing car and programme it to follow lines and avoid collisions.
"A Great Starter Kit with good examples that could take new and younger coders from beginner to advanced" - Rob Zwetsloot (MagPi Magazine #117)
This video explains how the MicroPi provides the ideal platform for learning about next-generation technologies.
This video explains how to connect to the MicroPi using a Windows 10 laptop.
This video explains how the example programs operate the MicroPi's components.
Two I2C ports (Grove Connectors) are available which means that the MicroPi can be connected to many additional sensors.
The RA2 kit connects Servo Motors to an I2C port, allowing you to experiment with robotics.
The Ai2 Kit includes a Raspberry Pi Camera Module and USB microphone, which together with the on-board audio amplifier and speaker output, allows students to experiment with Artificial Intelligence.
Node-RED, is a superb visual programming tool that can be combined with message subscription (MQTT) and data collection (SQLite) to create fantastic web-apps and provide 'hands-on' exploration of next-generation technologies.
While we will offer a variety of courses ranging from beginner block-based programming to full-stack development, it's important to remember that our goal is to create an affordable design and manufacturing eco-system, so courses will also cover how to design and build things with Laser Cutters and 3D Printers; the possibilities are endless.
No, you can use a keyboard, mouse and monitor. It is just that by using with a Windows 10 Laptop you get remote access and our courses assume this type of connection is in place.
Please take a look at the "Getting Started Videos", these will help you get started. Separately there is an e-learning platform - "Enrol for free", we are continuously expanding our range of courses.
RDP is installed by default on Windows 10 Pro, but on Windows 10 Home you will need to install it from the Microsoft Store.
Absolutely, it is housed in a case; on start it displays connection information; the teachers folder is automatically updated.
No, the Operating Systems together with many useful apps are pre-installed.
In theory yes, but our courses assume standardisation so to follow these it is preferable to use the MicroPi as is.
Yes, all the code is on GitHub and we welcome participation.
Yes and No. If you want to play Minecraft and the like then no - there are better ways to do that. If you want to write your own games then yes. In fact in the beginners course helps you design and develop your own 'Reaction Timer' game.
I2C is a wiring system and protocol that allows multiple sensors to be connected in series.
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