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We can use the programming language Python to interact with the Minecraft world in a few short lines of code. First, we have to do a bit of setting up. To keep our code separate to the original code in the MCPI folder, we will make a new directory to keep all of our code in. In LXTerminal, type mkdir python This will make a directory called python. To use the MCPI API we will have to copy that folder over to our new directory. Make sure that you are in your new directory (cd python) and then t ...
Now that you have installed Minecraft, it is probably important to learn how to play it. If you are looking for how to install Minecraft: Pi Edition, please follow the previous guide. For those of you who have played Minecraft on a Mac or PC before then you can skip this section as the controls and principles of this version are similar enough for you to pick it up. If this is your first time playing Minecraft on a computer, keep reading!   When you start up Minecraft, you will be greeted ...
If you haven’t heard of Minecraft before, it is a game developed by Mojang and originally created by Markus “Notch” Persson. Quite simply, it is a game about placing different types of blocks. Although it may sound a bit dull, Minecraft is one of the most popular games on PC (and has since come to consoles) because of the creativity involved of making anything from complex contraptions (using something called “Redstone“) to massive buildings and even whole countries ...
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Raspberry Pi - Blink

Posted by ntewinkel Top Member Nov 19, 2014
Hi all,   In this blog post, I go through the basic steps required to blink an LED on a Raspberry Pi - the basic microprocessor way of saying "Hello World!"   In case you missed it and need help getting started on the basics of writing and running a Python program on the Raspberry Pi, my previous blog post goes into a lot more detail of those first steps: Raspberry Pi - HelloWorld   For this tutorial, I am using: 1x Raspberry Pi Model B+ running Raspbian (other models should ...
Hi All,   In this blog post I go through the very first basic steps of programming a Raspberry Pi using Python, to run the familiar starting program "Hello World"   Note that this is geared for people who are complete beginners with Raspberry Pi.   My first thought was that this must have been done a zillion times before, but when I started looking I couldn't find anything that summed it up in easy steps, and I found myself having to dig a little just to get the first steps fi ...
Through our Community, element14 has long strived to support the work of the modern engineer. In doing so, we’ve also recognized that engineering is no longer the sole remit of professionals in workshops; beginners, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike are all now actively involved in the Community.   Together, these various groups are working to develop their understanding of the electronic world, collaborating and sharing knowledge along the way.   It made sense that the next log ...
Through our Community, element14 has long strived to support the work of the modern engineer. In doing so, we’ve also recognized that engineering is no longer the sole remit of professionals in workshops; beginners, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike are all now actively involved in the Community. Together, these various groups are working to develop their understanding of the electronic world, collaborating and sharing knowledge along the way. It made sense that the next logical step was ...
Introduction It is one thing to check the temperature of something with a thermometer. However logging data and observing the change over time is a great way to see trends and gain more insight. This blog post covers just a simple experiment but the aim is to have a more general solution for good quality temperature measurement, monitoring and logging at low cost.   What is needed? A temperature sensor and logger is needed. Thanks to support from Element14 and element14Dave check out the b ...
So I have been tinkering with Raspberry Pis for a little while now, and I am thoroughly convinced of their utility, and I am hoping to spread that out in my classroom.   On example of a project I would like to do is taking temperatures using the waterproof temperature probe.  There are many others, but that is a good place to start.  My students make it a habit to bring their devices (phones, computers, tablets) to class, and it seems like I should be able to get their devices to ...