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Apparently¬†the ladder board article is too specialist and won’t be published, I will try and find an alternative place to get it published.

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Article Subject : Raspberry Pi Ladder board

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This is a related review that gives far more information and an overview of the software Gordon has written to accompany the board.

Original Article

Raspberry Pi ladder board

By Paul Sutton


The Raspberry Pi single board computer has been out for 12 months and has seen huge success selling around 1 million units within its first year. The past 12 months however has also seen a large number of add on boards to help add more functionality to the computer.


One project is a ladder board created by Gordon Henderson (1). This consists of 10 leds and 4 switches. The board can be controlled using python, c, and with the command shell (bash) as well as Gordons own Return to BASIC language. Getting the board to light up LEDs is fairly simple. Several demonstration programs are available for example pedestrian crossing, simon game (leds flash and you press buttons in the right order) and a game to test reactions.


Gordon has also produced a video on his website on how to build the board as it comes in kit form from Tandy (2) as well as providing information on getting the board working.


Myself and Gordon are members of the Devon and Cornwall Linux user group (3) which is free to join and uses an e-mail discussion list, you can also chat with us by following the kiwiirc link on the groups IRC (internet relay chat) page (4). If it helps I have put these links on my website (5) under the Computers section.







Feb 2013 I think

Scratch [1] is a free programming tool developed at MIT in the USA and
aimed at children / young people with the view to teaching basic
programming skills and ideas.

The software is available for Linux, Apple Macs and Windows. It also
comes with the Raspberry Pi computer [2] which I wrote about a while back.

The software is simple to use, a drag and drop interface is provided so
you can drag script components (a script is a set of instructions) from
various categories on to the central are and upon pressing a green flag,
you can see the results straight away.

You can create games, animations, story boards etc. Scratch is great as
it is aimed at children so is simple to use, user friendly but more
importantly does teach the basic skills required for programming, for
example sequences of instructions and logic.

There several books available for learning scratch. As well as an
excellent forum on the scratch website where you can ask for help. You
can also share your work with the community and link up with friends so
they can download and look at what you have done and even modify and

Scratch is also used as the primary teaching tool for Codeclub which is
an after school club scheme to teach programming to children. Scratch is
also used in Primary schools, so please ask your teacher if your school
has this.





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