Kit List

We’re often asked what kit to buy to continue the same kind of hacking/coding we’ve been doing in our workshops.

We thought we’d put together a kit list that should be straightforward enough to set up and will let you carry on where you left off with us.

If you buy from the links on this page, we get a small commission, so you’ll be supporting a worthwhile local cause, which will allow us to continue introducing more children (and adults) to coding and hacking.

You’ll need:

A Raspberry Pi Computer

This one is the latest ‘Model 3’. Lovely, isn’t it?

You also need an HDMI to HDMI cable to connect the Pi to your HDMI monitor or TV.

Next, you need a mouse. This one is £5.99. And a keyboard. This one is backlit with 7 colours. Awesome!

You’ll need a good quality, fast SD Card to store the Pi’s operating system on.

Lastly, the book we base our activities on, and really like: Adventures in Minecraft

And that’s really it. You power the Raspberry Pi with a standard micro-USB phone style charger, which you probably have lying around anyway.

If you don’t want to get all the bits separately, this kit has everything in one package, except the keyboard and mouse. It includes a nice case too.

Once you have everything, you’ll need to download the Pi’s operating system from the Raspberry Pi website, and put it onto the SD card. You’ll find instructions there – it’s not at all difficult, so don’t be intimidated by this step! Once you’ve done that and got your Pi up and running, you’ll be able to carry on as you did in our workshop.

Lastly, here are the two activity worksheets we’ve used most recently in our workshops.

The introduction worksheet and first activity
The blocks activities.

Any questions? Let us know.