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The Raspberry Pi 4 Hardware Starter Kit provides a solid set of parts and instruction for working with the Raspberry Pi 4 in a more hardware-centric manner. While the Raspberry Pi isn't typically considered a go-to for hardware projects, its I/O pins hold a lot of benefits that you can use for a variety of applications. This kit covers the basics like using LEDs, and Buttons while providing a solid set of parts for working with any other hardware I/O and the 40-pin header. In addition, we've included all the parts needed for getting the Raspberry Pi 4 up and running whether it's on its own, or using a monitor (not included). The new 64GB MicroSD cards keep read/write commands running super fast, too.
Most of the contents of the kit rely on the use of the 2x20, 40-pin header, so we've included a special extender to allow you to plug in the ribbon cable while using the provided heatsink case. We've also included a Qwiic Shim for easily working with I2C based Qwiic boards with the Pi. No soldering is required for this kit!
Note: This variation includes the 8GB RAM option for the Raspberry Pi 4.
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Did not really need the led's, pushbuttons, jumper wires or resistors, but understand why they were included. Everything else was on Target and worked great. Particularly like having the heat sink case, the extender pi header and the Qwiic Shim to go along with the top of the line (for now) Raspberry Pi.