This is a low-cost (under $10) kit that we use in many of our classes. It contains the following parts:
- Raspberry Pi Pico ($4)
- 1/2 size breadboard ($2)
- LED Strip (WS2811b) ($3) - these come in many lengths from 8 to 60 pixels
- Two momentary push buttons (20 cents)
- USB cable (Micro-B to A)
These lessons will assume you have these parts and can connect up to the Pico to your laptop using a USB cable. If you have a Mac with a USB-C connector you may need to provide a USB-C to USB-A adaptor.
We start with the sample code in the Basics/NeoPixel area.
We then show how you can load full programs. Here is the source code: