The Kitronik Discovery Kit for Raspberry Pi Pico is a great way to learn about microcontrollers, Python coding, and physical computing. The kit is supplied with all of the components needed to complete the seven included experiments, including a large-format breadboard. The kit is packaged in sturdy reusable packaging that can be used to store the kit. This version of the kit is NOT supplied with a Raspberry Pi Pico.
The seven experiments take you from the basics of using the board through to more advanced concepts and using external electronics. The experiments cover key concepts of microcontrollers, such as; basic setup, simple coding, Interrupts, Threads, Digital Inputs, and Analog and Digital Outputs.
The kit ships with a comprehensive guide booklet. The booklet covers the basic setup and then how to complete each of the seven experiments. Each experiment is complete with detailed circuit diagrams, explanations, and a complete code run-through. This means that you can get started without having to understand too much Python.
The Raspberry Pi Pico board, a new low cost, high-performance microcontroller. The board features a powerful new, Raspberry Pi designed ARM-based dual-core chip-- the RP2040. The pico also features 64KB of internal RAM and support for up to 16MB of off-chip Flash. A wide range of flexible I/O options includes I2C, SPI, and Programmable I/O (PIO). These support endless possible applications for this small and affordable board.
The kit is programmed using MicroPython. This is a full Python three implementation created specifically for small embedded microcontrollers, such as the Pico and the popular BBC micro:bit. You will use the Thonny editor to create your code, which can then be saved directly to the Pico from the editor via USB. Thonny is a Python Editor/IDE designed to allow beginners to get up and running with Python coding with as little fuss as possible.
A power pack is not required as power will be supplied via the USB connection to the computer that the Thonny editor is running on.
Note: The Raspberry Pi Pico and a USB cable are not included in this kit. Please see the Hookup Accessories section below for more options to chose from.
- 1 x Large Prototype Breadboard.
- 2 x Red 5mm LED.
- 2 x Yellow 5mm LED.
- 2 x Green 5mm LED.
- 10 x 330Ω Resistor.
- 1 x Piezo Element Buzzer.
- 20 x Male to Male Jumper Wires.
- 2 x Push Switches.
- A booklet guide containing basic setup information and the following 7 experiments;
- Exp. 1 - Show Me The Light.
- Exp. 2 - Control an Input.
- Exp. 3 - Interrupt Me.
- Exp. 4 - Making a Noise.
- Exp. 5 - So Many Interruptions.
- Exp. 6 - Rub Head and Pat Tummy - Threads.
- Exp. 7 - Building a System from the Blocks we have Learnt.
- The kit is supplied in re-usable packaging suitable for long term storage of the kit.