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Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative process by providing shared space, shared tools, materials and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.

We have on hand 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).

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Classes and Training

Area Captain -- Volunteers needed

To help out with the Raspberry Pis or Electronics, post your ideas and comments on Slack.
View all PPM Area Captains


Pikes Peak Makerspace announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


ImageMagick-- create, edit, compose, or convert digital images
Bash Cheat Sheets
fc-list | grep "DejaVu Sans" to list/check installed fonts
tmux Cheat Sheet & Quick Reference
Getting started with Raspberry Pi Pico


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


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

At times the Pi 3 B+ may seem slow or unresponsive, so check the green light at the edge of the board for activity.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (2017) 1400 MHz:
WolframMark Benchmark Result: 0.14
Raspberry Pi 400 1800 MHz:
WolframMark Benchmark Result: 0.23
Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (2018), 2000 MHz:
WolframMark Benchmark Result: 0.24

50 Raspberry Pi Hacks & Tips You Should Know

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channels #electronics or #general

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.

32GB micro SD cards
Raspberry Pi 400 or 4 boards, etc.


32-bit Raspberry Pi OS "Buster", -- (not "Bullseye", yet)
balenaEtcher -- flash or clone OS images to SD cards & USB drives
tmux -- allows multiple terminal sessions simultaneously
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
Thonny -- Python IDE for beginners
Sonic Pi -- code-based music creation and performance tool

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

See Also

Links to other PPM Wiki pages (internal links):

Visual Studio Code Tips
Mall Map

Curated Links

Links to other sites (external links):

https://rpilocator.com/ -- beat the chip and supply chain shortages
https://magpi.raspberrypi.com/books -- free downloads
http://exploringrpi.com/ -- advanced book by Derek Molloy
https://learn.adafruit.com/groups/learn-raspberry-pi -- by Simon Monk
Developer Website

Other Fun Stuff

Links to other sites (external links):

PiGlow by Pimoroni -- LEDs
POWERED BY RASPBERRY PI -- Jeff Geerling on YouTube
10 years of Raspberry Pi -- on YouTube
Scratch Wiki -- for the Scratch programming language
Raspberry Pi cheat sheet

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.)

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