UM CS Students Use Raspberry PIs to Learn Programming

Students in UM CS instructor Trish Duce’s “Introduction to Computer Science” class got more than they bargained for this summer. While the were expecting to learn the fundamentals of programming and some computational theory, assignments were made more lively by structuring them around the computing platform called Raspberry PI. These inexpensive computers can be programmed in a variety of languages, and be used to control circuits. In this case students programmed a sequence of small LED lights to register the amount of light in the room. UM CS student Andrew Ammons developed the new assignments that use the PIs and Trish reports that all students really enjoyed working on the assignment.


Introduction to CS students see the LEDs light up according to the room’s brightness.

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