Short Version: If you already know what a Raspberry Pi is and live in the Knoxville, TN area then sign up for meetup announcements (form on the right or bottom if you’re on a small screen) and then mark your calendar for Sunday September 15th, 2013 @ 3 PM for the kick off meeting!
Hello and welcome to the new Knoxville Raspberry Pi Users Group website. Things are still getting started, so it’s a bit sparse at the moment.
What is the Raspberry Pi? The Raspberry Pi Foundation describes it as:
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
This is really only the start. The Raspberry Pi sells for $35 and has been used to power arcade cabinets, home media centers, play and modify Minecraft, make a pool table run on bitcoin, and even make Siri control the weather (inside your house). It is a great project and experimentation board and easy for anyone regardless of age or computer skill to get started.
The first meetup of the group will be Sunday September 15th, 2013 @ 3 PM at the Technology Cooperative. For this kickoff meeting we’ll start with a presentation that introduces the Raspberry Pi and some of the projects around this little computer:
As Easy as Raspberry Pi
speaker: Michael C. Neel
The Raspberry Pi is an amazing little ARM based computer the size of a credit card that has the power of a 300 MHz Pentium 2 combined with the graphics horsepower of the original Xbox (that’s 25 GigaFLOPS if you’re curious). It sports USB ports, ethernet, composite video and HDMI, analogue and digital audio, an SD card reader, and a programmable GPIO port – all for $25. This tiny, cheap computer is designed for kids and adults alike to experiment and play in the world of computers.
This session will cover the features of the Raspberry Pi, how to get one, and how to set it up once you have it. We’ll look into some popular uses such as using the Pi as a media center, an arcade cabinet (MAME) simulator, a python game console, and playing a programmable version of Minecraft. We’ll end with a hands on demonstration including custom programming the using PyGame.
To get reminders of this an upcoming meetups, subscribe to the mailing list (form is on the right of the page, or at the bottom if you’re on a small screen). The plan right now is meetings once a month, an occasional presentation, show and tell from attendees of their latest Pi creations, and end with questions and hands on play with the Raspberry Pi. From time to time we’ll plan a special even meeting like a Minecraft night where everyone explores Minecraft on the Pi and experiments with the Minecraft API.
The group openly welcomes children to join in. Since children develop at different rates, it is up to the parent or guardian to decide if the child is old enough to attend. If the child is able to focus and stay on task (and interested in the Raspberry Pi!) then they are probably old enough to come to the meetings (children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present at the meetings). Members of the group will also be available to work one-on-one with the child and parent or guardian to create a customized path for learning the Raspberry Pi at the child’s pace.
On a similar note, even if you don’t (yet) have a Raspberry Pi you are welcome to attend. The user group is a great place to check out the Raspberry Pi and see what all the fuss is about before getting your own.
If you have any questions you can ask in the comments below or send an email to the group organizer Michael C. Neel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you at the meetup!