Pi Day is finally here. The least imaginative celebrate by cooking pies, the academic indulge in a worldwide celebration of mathematics, and the stubborn insist that Pi Day doesn’t make sense because the equation is an infinite number and not 3.14. That last group never gets invited to any of the parties thrown by the first two. Oh, and if you think we’re joking: the first widespread celebration of Pi Day was in 1988, and in 2009 Congress supported the designation of March 14th as Pi Day. It’s a real holiday, not just a math joke.
As for us? We’re celebrating Pi Day with a bunch of deals on courses that will teach you to tinker with Raspberry Pi — a miniature computer that’s a great practice ground for programming your own electronics, robotics, and Internet of Things experiments. You can even use it to teach Amazon Alexa to do crazy things.
Take an extra 14% off all these deals today with code 3POINT14.
If you’re brand new to the Raspberry World (and don’t actually own a Raspberry Pi), this is the best place to start. The included 55 lectures and four hours of hands-on instruction will explain the underlying Alexa ecosystem, discuss Alexa skills, and prepare your Raspberry Pi for building voice-automated projects. With the information provided, you can prepare your Raspberry Pi for building voice-automated projects, learn how to use the Amazon Developer Portal, and even build a skill to control an LED. And of course, it comes with an actual Raspberry Pi and all the sensors and tools you need to get started.
Normally $448.98, you can buy the Complete Raspberry Pi 3B+ Starter Kit and Course for just $120.39 with code 3POINT14.
If you want to go a little beyond the basics, this training bundle is your best bet. The Wireless Penetration Testing kit will help you beef up your security know-how, the Cluster Pi will teach you about parallel programming and linking different Raspberry Pi devices together into Beowulf clusters, and the PiBot class will teach you how to build hoards of robots. Ever wanted to say “Alexa, cover the earth in robopocalyptic darkness”? Now you can.
Normally $214, you can buy this training bundle in the Mashable Shop for just $16.34 with code 3POINT14.
Speaking of robots, this Raspberry Pi sensor kit comes with cards with the Raspbian system and Dragit programming language pre-installed, along with 37 newly-designed sensor modules. Not sure where to start? No problem: it also includes instructions for 35 projects, from auto-flash LEDs to rain detection.
Normally $149.99, you can get this Sensors Starter Kit in the Mashable Shop for just $111.79 with code 3POINT14.
These kits include an open source robot learning kit called PiCar-V, and feature everything you need to use Python coding to get the car up and running and transmit images and video in real-time with a USB cam.
Available right now in the Mashable Shop for just $128.99 with code 3POINT14.
This kit actually includes everything you need to build a device that can surf the web, including an LCD touchscreen, WiFi adapter, and your very own Raspberry Pi 3B+ board.
Available now in the Mashable Shop for just $92.88 with code 3POINT14.
Once you’re comfortable with the starter kit, it’s time to conquer the Mastery Bundle, which will take you through tasks like automation, hardware, bitcoin mining, and a deep dive into The Internet of Things.
Normally $865, you can buy the Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle in the Mashable Shop right now for just $29.24 with code 3POINT14.
If you’re more of a reader, you can take home all these e-books for one low price: Raspberry Pi for Supercomputers, Raspberry Pi for Python Programmers, and Raspberry Pi for Secret Agents.
This is a $123.98 value reading list available right now in the Mashable Shop for just $17.19 with code 3POINT14.