Raspberry Pi

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At Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) we have several Raspberry Pi boards, of various models, as well as other computers throughout our space for all our members to use without any additional required training (Level 1).

Volunteers needed: To help out with Raspberry Pi projects, post your ideas and comments on our Slack #Electronics channel.


Classes and Training


PPM announces all its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


Links to external sites:

Product Information Portal
Raspberry Pi official documentation
MagPi — The official Raspberry Pi magazine
https://store.rpipress.cc/ — Raspberry Pi PRESS
https://magpi.raspberrypi.com/books — free downloads


Pi Day, March 14th (3/14), is celebrated yearly often by eating pie, pizza, and/or reciting the digits of pi.
It was started in 1988 by the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco: https://www.exploratorium.edu/pi


50 Raspberry Pi Hacks & Tips You Should Know
Five Ways To Run a Program On Your Raspberry Pi At Startup
Shut down the Raspberry Pi properly:
use the GUI or the command: sudo shutdown -h now
(just pulling the plug may cause memory card corruption.)
How to Rotate the Raspberry Pi screen
list/check installed fonts fc-list | grep "DejaVu Sans"
At times the Pi 3 B+ may seem slow or unresponsive, so check the green light at the edge of the board for activity.
WolframMark Benchmark Results:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (2017), 1400 MHz: 0.14
Raspberry Pi 400, 1800 MHz: 0.23
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (2018), 2000 MHz: 0.24

Cheat Sheets

Links to external sites:

Raspberry Pi Commands Cheat Sheet
Raspberry Pi cheat sheet
Bash Cheat Sheets
tmux Cheat Sheet & Quick Reference

Equipment Lists


1) Raspberry Pi 3 B+ (heatsinks, no case) for "Mall Map"
large HDMI (VIZIO) display with remote
32GB SD card (no SSD)
wired USB keyboard and mouse (Dell)
Wi-Fi connection
2) Raspberry Pi with volumio audio player
3) Raspberry Pi from Epilog engraver area
4) Raspberry Pi from 3D Printer donation
5) "r pi 3 friendly" Dell monitors (quantity 5)

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Raspberry Pi 5
micro SD cards, any size
official Raspberry Pi touch screen
Raspberry Pi 4 or 400

Application Software

Links to external sites:

Raspberry Pi Imager — install Raspberry Pi OS and other operating systems
balenaEtcher — flash or clone OS images to SD cards & USB drives
Geany — powerful, stable and lightweight programmer's text editor
Mathematica — free license on every Raspberry Pi
Processing — language for learning and prototyping
Scratch — the world’s largest coding community for children
Sonic Pi — code-based music creation and performance tool
tmux — allows multiple terminal sessions simultaneously
ImageMagick — create, edit, compose, or convert digital images
Pi-hole — Network-wide Ad Blocking
Fritzing — open source software to document, share, layout, and manufacture professional PCBs
List of free and open-source software packages — on Wikipedia

Member Showcase

Our Raspberry Pi-based kiosk documentation and code — on GitHub
For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Mall Map  
Visual Studio Code Tips
GitHub Tips

Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

https://rpilocator.com/ — beat the chip and supply chain shortages
https://learn.adafruit.com/groups/learn-raspberry-pi — by Simon Monk

The Raspberry Pi was originally going be a computer that could only run the Python language. (That is how it got the second half of its name.)

Links to YouTube:

10 years of Raspberry Pi
Sam Aaron live coding — Sonic Pi demos
How Raspberry Pis are made — Jeff Geerling

Links to other external sites:

The Computers that Made Britain — Raspberry Pi Press
Kali Linux on your Raspberry Pi 4 — pen testing platform
Multiple Raspberry PI 3D Scanner — on AUTODESK Instructables

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channels #electronics or #general
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.
PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
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Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.