Speaker Project

Soldering Tutorial:


Speaker Amp Parts: (NOTE: Email Bill Church if you are interested in purchasing a speaker kit with assembly tutorial)

Amplifier circuit board: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11044

Alligator Clips: http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Mueller-Electric/BU-30/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMt6TxecXUIS9j%252buUMN%252b2zyT7VL9tounZOI%3d

Headphone audio cable: http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Kobiconn/172-2136/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMsQtlBhqKq43fb7eoSfdj7d

4.5 Volt Battery Pack: http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Eagle-Plastic-Devices/12BH331-GR/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMvxqoKe%252bDjhrsJhJqCYZJ071pRympRti80%3d

Wire stripper: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12630

Soldering Iron: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9507

Solder: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9161

Solder (lead free): https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9325

Solder safety resource: http://www.cmu.edu/ehs/chemical/Lead%20Soldering%20Safety%20Guidelines.pdf

Working with wire tutorial:


Soldering Tutorials:



Other DIY speaker links:

Raspberry Pi Project

Raspberry Pi Tutorials and Resources online (NOTE: these are just some starters, searching for more using search phrases like "getting started with raspberry pi" or "beginners guide to raspberry pi", etc)

 General: https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/quick-start-guide/

Raspberry Pi FAQ's: https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/faqs/

Command line tutorial: https://learn.adafruit.com/what-is-the-command-line

Settings you can change after using the "raspi-config" command: https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/raspi-config.md


Raspberry Pi Books



FREE O'Reilly BOOKS for Teachers: https://blog.safaribooksonline.com/2014/11/19/safari-oreilly-connected-k12/

Temperature Probe Tutorial resource used to create the 2015 MAST Raspberry Pi data logging project.  We adapted and expanded upon this tutorial to make the data logging project:


If you plan on doing electronics projects with the Pi, consider building one of these:


Setting up your Pi as a web server (NOTE: we already installed Apache2 on the Pi) so you can create webpages such as the one demonstrated during the workshop.


Log into your Pi from another computer: 


Can I build my own sensors for other experiments?  Yes, many of these will work with the Pi.  Interfacing the sensor itself is a great DIY experience.  While time consuming, you learn A LOT about the electronics and computer coding that goes into collecting data with computers.  Here is a link to a wide range of DIY sensors.  Most (if not all) can be interfaced with the Pi:  https://www.sparkfun.com/categories/23?page=all


There are many resources throughout the web related to learning Python.  A quick search will yield a wide range of options.  Two books to consider are:

Warren and Carter Sande's Hello World! is excellent.  As is Help Your Kids With Computer Coding from DK publishing.

A popular website that allows you to explore Python without installing it on your computer:


A clearing house of many introductory and intermediate coding resources can be found at:


3D Printing



Source of ideas and existing designs:


First recommended printer company: https://www.lulzbot.com/

Second recommended printer company: http://www.makerbot.com/