Introduction to Raspberry Pi – DIY Electronics – Talk & Open Lab

Raspberry Pi is a micro-computer that you can get for around $35. But why do you hear about it in the robotics/DIY electronics space?

This event is an opportunity to have a 100% introduction to Raspberry Pi’s which we will use in all sorts of novel ways in upcoming projects. We will cover use cases, introductory coding, useful tips, and approaches to getting started. This event will set the stage for a number of other upcoming Raspberry Pi events.

The Raspberry Pi is super powerful for it’s small size, and it is considered not too challenging to code, with the full functionality of a normal computer, plus the ability to add Pi hats (extension boards like sensors, motor controllers, et cetra). You can work over Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and even raw digital input/out signals.

The most common programming language is Python, which has grown to be very popular among non-computer science people simply because it is powerful, easy to learn, and it works well with thousands of open-source libraries (for example: computer vision, 3d modeling, accounting, machine learning, servers, video processing.. you name it).

Find us in our new location:

Red Brick Courthouse
29 Courthouse Square
Rockville, MD 20850

We are on the second floor (take the elevator)

From the main entrance, go to the end of the hall. Take the elevator on the left. We will be on the second floor. Note, use only the elevator, and not the stairs which have an alarm.

This is walking distance from downtown Rockville, and only 6 minutes walking from the Rockville Metro Station!!

Parking is abundant around the area, and you should find a lot or garage that is free after-hours using this website:

On the site this is Victoria Parking Garage, E Middle Ln

A thank you goes to:
Montgomery County’s Innovation Program

For providing space access.

We look forward to seeing you at this event. If you need help finding the room, please call 301-944-2862.

Upcoming meetings include:

Introduction to drones – fly for entertainment, or for science!

After this, maybe we should build a 3D printed drone?

• Facial recognition based locks – keys are overrated

• Swarm robots – the sum is greater than the parts! How far can we push simple robots to do complex things?

• Youth-focused maker events – children are more empowered than ever. They can teach us a thing or two.

Come out to learn how to participate, how to get your ideas made, and how to find help for your projects! We have experts in 3D printing, electronics, design, and more. We are a diverse crew of people, with interesting experiences and passions.

Be part of the movement. Come out and help your local MakerSpace.

We help make prototypes! We take your idea to the next level. Join a culture of collaboration. As always, we have Open Lab, where you can tinker on your project.

Experience our weekly Friday night MakerSpace meetings. All are welcome to hack/build, network, and collaborate at these events.

Discover, learn, and work together on:

• Internet of Things (IoT)

• Automation

• 3D Printing or Micro-production

• Robots

• Microcontrollers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc..

• Big Data and Sensors

• Computer Science

• Technology Entrepreneurship

Learn a new skill, get help, and offer help.

If you are working on a project then bring your own equipment and supplies.

We accept donations of: soldering stations, 3D printers, microcontrollers/programmers, motors, parts, and other tools.