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The gPiO Box can be used at just about all stages of education. Use the tabs below to find further information on your area of interest. Each of the projects on this site has an associated image, these images include a number in the top right hand corner – the numbers show a suggested Key…

Traffic Lights

Welcome to the starter project for the gPiO box, as this is the first project we’ve included lots of detail. There are a number of expanding text boxes like the one below  providing you with additional information such as curriculum links, videos that take you through building the model step by step and code examples…

Lighthouse

Challenge To control an automatic lighthouse. For safety reasons every lighthouse has a signal that is distinctive and individual e.g. the lighthouse at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire flashes four times, waits 15 seconds and then flashes again. This signal is called the lighthouse character and you can see them all listed on the Trinity House…

Fairground Ride

Challenge To program an automated fairground ride. A popular DT (design technology) project in schools is for children to build a fairground ride that includes some electrical components such as lights, buzzers, and a motor (with a 200:1 gear box attached). For this task you are going to program a fairground roundabout to bring it…

Steady

About the Game Steady! is an old fashioned game of steady nerves. You move a wand from one end of a wire to the other without touching the wire. You can build this project in lots of different ways. If you don’t have a lot of time then use a ready built toy and modify…

Pedestrian Crossing

Introduction This project builds on the Traffic Light project by adding code and hardware to simulate a UK pedestrian crossing. Pedestrian Crossing have changed recently from ‘Pelican Crossings’ to Puffin Crossings’. This project describes the newer Puffin Crossing. Connect to the gPiO Box The traffic lights project uses gPiO outputs 1,2 & 3 for the…

Tell The Truth

.  About the Game Tell the Truth! is a game that runs on a Raspberry Pi or other hardware. It simulates logic gates by randomly lighting up a grid of lamps in a specific pattern that represents the Truth Table of a particular gate e.g. AND, OR etc. The player has a short amount of…

Copy Me

A game for one player, tests memory of continuously extending sequence. The player has to remember an increasingly long pattern of illuminated lights Hardware There are two sets of hardware. 1. The player hardware consists of four combined buttons and lamps. These are controlled by a Raspberry Pi running a Python Script. 2.The score is…