Raspberry Pi for Kids: Questions to Ask Before Making Software with Python

By Richard Wentk

You’re ready to use your Raspberry Pi to make software with Pi. First, you need to ask yourself a few questions to make sure you’re ready to get going. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Do you understand how Python code is like Scratch code, but you type it out instead of clipping blocks together?

  • Do you know how to start the IDLE editor?

  • Do you understand why you should use IDLE 2 and Python 2 instead of IDLE 3 and Python 3?

  • Do you know how to save a file and run the code in it?

  • Do you know how to add spaces and tabs to Python code and understand when you need them?

  • Do you know how to make a variable?

  • Do you know how to use variables to do simple math?

  • Do you understand the difference between whole number (integer) math and decimal point (floating point) variables and math?

  • Do you know how to make tests and decisions?

  • Do you know how to put code you use a lot into a function, and why using a function makes your code simpler and easier to work with?