This Pack is geared towards groups and teachers who will use an Arduino or Raspberry Pi in their class. This pack includes the Pi Pal adapter for Raspberry pi.
To save cost for the class we removed the retail packaging and the cost and waste that goes along with it. We also reduced the number of LEDs, we found that each participant did not need a choice of 6 LED sets. We reduced it to 3 pairs of LEDs per Buzz – 60 LEDs included and we are able to offer a selection of colors across the group and still have left over for making Paper Pals. Again reducing waste and cost for your class.
The “Paper Pal” was part of the retail packaging it is not shipped, you just print it out yourself. Print as much as they like and use them for other groups too.
About the Pi Pals
Buzz and his friends, The Pi Pals, live on Planet M and they are makers. Through their adventures, they learn about different materials and technologies, solve problems, and explore new ideas.
- Buzz is easy to build for all skill levels, especially beginners.
- Buzz encourages exploration and play.
- Buzz can be used to learn other skills, such as programming.
- Buzz is fun.
- Buzz is educational and builds S.T.E.A.M. Skills.
Buzz is simple to assemble and interactive when complete. Buzz works with his Brain Board, Arduino, and with Raspberry Pi. Buzz is ready for adventure and he needs your help make it possible.
Designed to Make Learning Easy And Fun
Many electronic kits do not offer anything more than a battery and a LED. Once completed, those kits end up in a drawer, never to be used again. At the other end of the spectrum, there are electronic kits that are really interesting but have so many parts and instructions that they are intimidating. That is why we designed Buzz and the Pi Pals to be simple to assemble, easy to use, and to be compatible with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and dozens of other platforms.
Builds S.T.E.M / S.T.E.A.M Skills
Buzz is designed with these STEAM foundations in mind. Buzz builds on skills sets and grows from an instructional electronics kit, to a soldering skill builder, to a tool to learn (or teach) programming with.
Over the past year we have worked with many educators in order to ensure what we are doing with the Pi Pals is on the right track. The response has been overwhelmingly positive that the Pi Pals are on the right track.
Parents, educators, and makers are using the Pi Pals to help young makers grow and learn.The Pi Pals take away the intimidation of learning electronics by focusing on project based learning.
Arduino and Raspberry Pi Compatible
The Arduino and Raspberry PI are excellent next step to work on larger projects and to dive deeper into the world of circuits and hardware. Just as with all the Pi Pals, Buzz grows with you in your skill and interest level and plugs into Arduino and with the Pixel Pi Adapter, plugs into Raspberry Pi as well.
When you plug Buzz into a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino, you can control his eyes and his sounds with programming. Buzz is an excellent way to get kids involved in Computer Science and take part in the Hour of Code initiative. We already have Arduino and Raspberry Pi tutorials online for Chip and with your support we will have the Buzz tutorials available shortly.
Buzz’s Soldering Party Pack Includes:
- 10 Buzz Kits: Buzz PCB, Male Right Angle Header
- 60 10 MM LEDs : Random pairs of 10mm Blue LEDS, 10mm Red LEDS, 10mm Green LEDS, 10mm Yellow LEDs
- 10 Pi Pal Pi Kits: PCB, (2) Female Headers (allows connection to Raspberry Pi)