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Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey kits

Resources for getting started with electronics hardware kits.

Quick Start

Setting up your Raspberry Pi

  • Raspberry Pi kits from Parks Library come with a 16GB microSD card with the NOOBS operating system loaded, but not installed.
  • For full setup and installation instructions, visit

Plugging in your Raspberry Pi

visual guide on setting up raspberry piBegin by slotting the microSD card into the microSD card slot on the Raspberry Pi.  It will only fit one way.

  1. Plug in your USB keyboard and mouse into the USB slots on the Raspberry Pi.
  2. Next, connect your HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.
  3. If you intend to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet, plug in an ethernet cable to the ethernet port next to the USB ports or connect to Wi-Fi.
  4. When you are happy you have plugged all cables and the microSD card in, finally plug in the USB power supply.  This action will turn on and boot your Raspberry Pi.

Getting Started on a Project

Logging into your Raspberry Pi

A Raspberry Pi checked out from Parks Library should boot up automatically into a graphical user interface (GUI).

If it does not, follow the steps below.

  1. If a login prompt appears, the default login is
    • username pi
    • password raspberry
    • Note: you will not see any writing appear when you type the password.  This is a security feature in Linux.
  2. Change the password
    • This can be done via the raspi-config application, or from the command line  sudo raspi-config
    • Select option 2 and follow the instructions to change the password
  3. After you have successfully logged in, you will see the command line prompt pi@raspberrypi~$
  4. To load the graphical user interface, type startx and press Enter on your keyboard. 

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