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Roanoke Hamfest

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  • Friday, July 28 2017 @ 09:36 AM EDT
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ROALUG will have a table at the W4CA Roanoke Hamfest* again this year demonstrating Ham Radio with a Raspberry Pi. Stop by and visit! https://www.facebook.com/events/1271496806297706/

* Hamfest tickets are $8, includes entry into the door prize drawing

Roanoke Raspberry Jam Fall 2017

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  • Friday, July 14 2017 @ 02:32 PM EDT
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All About Raspberry Pi Robotics

Saturday, September 2nd
Science Museum of Western Virginia
4th Floor
One Market Square
Roanoke, VA 24011

10:30 - 11:30 am
Introduction to the Raspberry Pi and programming in Scratch. Interact with sensors and devices through the GPIO pins.

11:30 - 12:30
Break

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Demonstration of robots using a Raspberry Pi. Remote control over WiFi (or Bluetooth), line following, auto-pilot using sensors and switches.  Learn some basic Python programming using GPIOZero.

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Show and Tell - share your Raspberry Pi projects with other DIY makers

RSVP on  Eventbrite

Roanoke Raspberry Jam 2017

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  • Wednesday, January 18 2017 @ 02:32 PM EST
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All things Raspberry Pi! Bring your favorite projects to share, meet and greet with other DIY makers and builders. Topics to include:

  • Raspberry Pi and Home Automation - Guest speaker Brett White will talk about the influence of the Raspberry Pi in the modern home
  • Updates to Raspbian - Meet the new Pixel
  • New Hats and pHats - USB ports, Bluetooth and more
  • More Minecraft - a continued look at modifying Minecraft using Python programming code
  • Soldering workshop - add some GPIO pins to your Pi Zero

New Date: Coming to the CoLab Roanoke on May 20, 2017 - 1:00 until 5:00 pm

Register for FREE on Eventbrite

Spring Roanoke Raspberry Jam 2016

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  • Friday, March 11 2016 @ 08:25 AM EST
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Roanoke Raspberry Jam – Spring 2016

April 16th 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Schedule of Events

1:00 – Meet and Greet / Share Your Project. Bring your Raspberry Pi project and share your ideas with the group. We will have light refreshments.

2:00 – Minecraft: Pi Edition. Not only does the Raspbian operating system include a free edition of Minecraft (based on Minecraft Pocket Edition) but you can also do some coding with Python to manipulate objects in the game. We'll take look at this fun and easy way to learn programming!

3:00 – Build Robots and other Projects with GoPiGo and GrovePi. We'll take a spin around the room with a GoPiGo robot complete with a WiFi web cam and connect a variety of Seeed Studio Grove sensors with the GrovePi+ board.

4:00 – Learn Electronic Circuits with RaspberrySTEM. A complete learning laboratory based on the Raspberry Pi that takes you step-by-step through a series of lessons that teach the basics of electronics.

RSVP via the ROALUG page on Meetup.com

Fall 2015 Raspberry Jam

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  • Sunday, October 04 2015 @ 04:46 PM EDT
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Mark your calendars for the next Roanoke Raspberry Jam coming Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

For the Fall 2015 Raspberry Jam, we'll have new projects and topics to discuss. Bring your favorite Raspberry Pi project for show-and-tell.

Events being planned:

• Monitor your home with a Raspberry Pi – IoT project for temperature and humidity

• New Users Introduction to Raspbian, the OS built specifically for the Raspberry Pi

• Raspberry Pi Show ‘n Tell – Bring your favorite project to share

• Introduction to Programming with Scratch – Roanoke Coder Dojo*

• RaspberrySTEM Creator Kit demonstration

You can register FREE for this event at Eventbrite.

* To RSVP for the Coder DoJo session, register separately here.

MagPi June 2015 Issue

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  • Wednesday, June 03 2015 @ 10:35 AM EDT
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Just announced: the MagPi magazine, June 2015 issue 34 is available for download.

Raspberry Pi Micro-Tech Challenge

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  • Wednesday, June 03 2015 @ 09:56 AM EDT
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Raspberry Pi and Marvel Pictures team up to sponsor the Ant-Man Micro-Tech Challenge for girls grades 9 - 12.  More details also on the Ant-Man movie site.

"Seeking creative, DIY girls who are looking to find their inner superheroes by creating something "big" from something very small."

 

Getting to Know the Raspberry Pi Model A+

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  • Wednesday, April 22 2015 @ 09:14 AM EDT
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I have a RPi Model B and a RPi 2 (works great as a Kodi media center!), but just for fun I ordered a RPi Model A+ to check it out.

In common with the B+ and RPi 2, the A+ has the enchanced 40-pin GPIO header, so it's well suited to being used as a project board (in contrast to being used as a desktop GUI).  Unlike it's bigger sibling, the 512 MB Model B+, the A+ has 256 MB of RAM.

Advantages:

  • Smaller size, more compact
  • Lighter weight
  • Less power usage, runs longer on battery power
  • HAT compatible form-factor
  • Lower cost, the least expensive of all the RPi models

 

Roanoke Raspberry Jam

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  • Wednesday, February 25 2015 @ 02:22 PM EST
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Plans are in the works for the first Roanoke Raspberry Jam! Scheduled for April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm, this meeting of the Roanoke Linux Users Group will feature the innovative Raspberry Pi. Topics being planned:

  • Simple electronics project with a breadboard, Python and Raspberry Pi
  • New Users Introduction to Raspbian
  • Raspberry Pi setup as a Media Center using OpenELEC/Kodi

Other topics and projects may be available, so come and explore the possibilities!

More details, directions and RSVP on Meetup.com

Raspberry Pi 2 as a Media Center

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  • Wednesday, February 18 2015 @ 05:23 PM EST
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With all the excitement being generated with the new Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2 for short), I started looking for the best OS to use the new RPi2 as a media center. Looks like some things have changed since I researched this before in 2014.

For starters, the best way to install an OS on your SD card is using NOOBS (New Out Of Box Software). Your choices are Rasbian (recommended for beginners), Archlinux, Pidora, OpenELEC and RaspBMC, which includes the XBMC media center software which runs on the model A, B and B+.  However, RaspBMC won't be supported for the new RPi2 and is changing to OSMC (which will support RPi2 in the Alpha 4 release). Secondly, XBMC is changing to Kodi, which will support the RaspB 2.  On top of that, there's another XBMC/Kodi distribution called XBian, which will run on the RPi2.

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