Projects

PiperBeats Ultrasonic Drum

With the new Piper Sensor Explorer, there are not only endless possibilities for creation but now we can use data to inform our creations! Today, we’re going to build a beat-making machine using the Piper Ultrasonic Range finder.

Hack-O-Lantern

Our latest PiperCode project will show you how you can use your Piper Computer Kit to simulate the twinkling light from inside a jack-o’-lantern using the LEDs in your kit.

Speak Like a Machine

Let’s explore binary code, a foundational part of computing! In this project, you will try to speak a few words in machine language, just as computers do.

Prepare for Launch

Houston, we’re ready for takeoff!! See how hardware and software can be combined in the final project of our #OutOfThisWorld STEM project series.

Minecraft Controller

In this project you will learn how to wire mini buttons on the Breadboard Puck to the Microcontroller, in order to customize the Command Center as a game controller.

Launch Sequence

Every successful space flight needs a mission control. With your Piper Computer Kit, use PiperCode to program a launch sequence, sound effects, and LED lights to power your rocket’s boosters.

Binary Hero

You may have played a game like Rock Band, Guitar Hero, or Dance Dance Revolution where a combination of buttons would appear, and to score points, you have to press the buttons shown (and not press the buttons that aren’t shown).
In this project, we will be creating our own version of that game. Instead of arrows, we’ll display which buttons should be pressed using 1’s or 0’s - so we’ll call this game Binary Hero!

5-Button Synthesizer

In this project you will learn how to wire mini buttons on the Breadboard Puck to the Microcontroller, in order to customize the Command Center as a game controller. Once the circuit is complete, you then upload new code to the Microcontroller. The code changes the device from a USB controlled mouse to the gamepad of a computer’s keyboard. Wiring the circuit and uploading the code will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. When all steps are completed, have fun playing Raspberry Pi’s Edition of Minecraft on your Piper Computer Kit.

Homemade Rocket Ship

In the first installment of our #OutOfThisWorld projects, reach for the stars with your very own rocket! With a few household items and your Piper Computer Kit, build a spectacular spaceship fit for the bravest of astronauts.

Golidlocks Machine

In this project, we'll build a "Goldilocks Device". This device can measure the temperature, and tell us if somewhere is "just right"! Our Goldilocks Device will require two components: a temperature probe and an LED display gauge. We'll build these two components separately, so try not to mix up the parts!

PiperCode: Security Zone

Students will use the range finder sensor in combination with PiperCode: Security Zone to create their own sensor alarm and learn to graph results.

PiperCode: Ther-Mood-Stat

Students will create a ther-mood-stat using the Temperature Sensor.