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5/30/2016
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9 Raspberry Pi Projects For Your Summer Vacation

The right Raspberry Pi project can make the summer fun and educational. Here are nine possibilities that fit the bill.
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A Minecraft Machine

If you have a young person in your life, then you probably already know about Minecraft. More than a game, Minecraft is an online world that has been used to teach math, science, and programming in addition to its use for fun. With this project you can combine first steps in Raspberry Pi development with Minecraft for a system that should be exciting for anyone that's ready for the online world.
This is a great first project because it's very, very simple. Once you have the Raspberry Pi itself set up you download the project software (direct download link) and you're off. After you have the system up and running, all you have to do is find a 10-year-old to explain how to have hours of fun with Minecraft.

(Image: AdultsOnlyMinecraft via Pixabay)

A Minecraft Machine

If you have a young person in your life, then you probably already know about Minecraft. More than a game, Minecraft is an online world that has been used to teach math, science, and programming in addition to its use for fun. With this project you can combine first steps in Raspberry Pi development with Minecraft for a system that should be exciting for anyone that's ready for the online world.

This is a great first project because it's very, very simple. Once you have the Raspberry Pi itself set up you download the project software (direct download link) and you're off. After you have the system up and running, all you have to do is find a 10-year-old to explain how to have hours of fun with Minecraft.

(Image: AdultsOnlyMinecraft via Pixabay)

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jries921
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3/14/2017 | 12:02:39 PM
Summer vacation for whom?
I think my wife would throw a fit if I were to undertake a computer building project on our summer vacation.  I play with computers enough at work.
Michelle
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Michelle,
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6/3/2016 | 3:31:10 PM
Re: Pi in the oven
@Curt have you seen the BBC Microbit? I wish these sort of things were around when I was a kid. They're all great!!
Susan Fourtané
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6/2/2016 | 5:35:32 AM
Re: Pi in the oven
Curt, a big-screen microscope? I'd love to see that! 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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6/2/2016 | 5:32:42 AM
Re: Pi in the oven
Super. Good luck with projects, and have fun. :)

-Susan
Michelle
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Michelle,
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5/31/2016 | 1:29:53 PM
Re: Pi in the oven
@curt I hope you find that project soon. I would love to see what you do with it!
Michelle
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5/31/2016 | 1:25:58 PM
Re: Pi in the oven
I'm planning to suggest a few. :)
Radioguy
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5/31/2016 | 10:35:42 AM
I Plan to Build the Morse Code Project
That one tweaks my interest because it includes some "real construction" and it may get me to finally learn Morse code...something I've wanted to do for more than 50 years.
Curt Franklin
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5/31/2016 | 12:42:11 AM
Re: Pi in the oven
@Michelle, I have nothing against a general learning machine (I've got a couple of old laptops that fill that role) but I find that it's easier for me to gain inspiration from projects than it is to come up with new ideas on my own. That may be a weakness on my part, but I do love having a project as a starting point.

One of the things that's not on this list is a big-screen microscope. I've been looking at several of those projects -- I think I'll have to do my own article when I finally choose a design and put it together.
Susan Fourtané
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5/30/2016 | 3:56:18 PM
Re: Pi in the oven
There are several projects on the list that I like. The audio-book player sounds really nice for the summer, or any other season for that matter. Michelle, are you planning on trying any of these projects? -Susan
Michelle
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5/30/2016 | 12:55:43 PM
Pi in the oven
Thanks for this great list! I always look forward to your Pi project lists. There's a Raspberry Pi without a purpose in my house. It serves as a general Linux learning computer for now.
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