Introduction to C.H.I.P

Learn how to create software and hardware projects using CHIP and python programming
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Creating a basic GUI using python
Assemble a CHIP to create a full-fledged computer
Get up to speed with simple Linux commands
Write a simple Python program to blink a LED
Create a simple GUI using Python programming to control a LED
Create an ATM greeting machine


  • Students will need basic knowledge of programming


This is an introductory course to CHIP which is a 9$ computer. This course is great for those who are interested in either learning physical computing or want to use the chip as a full-fledged computer. This course only assumes that you have basic knowledge of programming and does not require you to know Linux commands or Python programming. However, a knowledge of the mentioned would greatly speed up your learning process.

If you do not know Linux or Python, no need to worry. The course has sections that cover the basics of Linux to get you started.

The chip is a 9$ device which will act as the CPU to which we will need to connect basic peripherals like a keyboard,mouse and a monitor to make it work as a full-fledged computer. The course will teach you to set up the CHIP and make it work as a low cost computer. You will also learn to work with hardware in combination with the GPIO pins of the CHIP.

You will be learning from 3 projects. The first project will be your first step in physical computing and you will learn about GPIO pins and how to use them. 

The second project will teach you to create a very simple and basic GUI with which you can control hardware and thus works as a virtual remote. Pretty cool right?

The third project is an ATM greeting machine which works with sensors to greet a person entering and exiting an ATM vestibule.

The course provides error-free source code for the above mentioned projects.

The entire course course can be completed over a period of 3 hours assuming that you have all the hardware necessary. Do not worry if it takes you longer since the longer it takes, the more you will be learning and more the fun.

By the end of the course, You will learn how to setup the CHIP, install and update the various packages needed for the projects. You will also learn basic Linux commands and the python code to make some really cool projects.

Who this course is for:

  • This is an introductory course meant for those who are interested in exploring the CHIP. While a knowledge of Linux operating system and Python programming language will be helpful, it is not required to follow this course. The basics of Linux will be taught as a part of this course.

Course content

5 sections23 lectures1h 3m total length
  • What you will learn in this course
  • Unboxing CHIP and hardware requirements
  • Assembling CHIP to create a full-fledged computer
  • Introduction to basic Linux commands
  • Learning about the GPIO interface of the CHIP
  • Quiz I
    3 questions


Venkatesh Varadachari
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    Venkatesh Varadachari is the founder of MAKERDEMY, a pioneer maker education company head-quartered in Singapore.

    Venkatesh believes that knowledge should be made available to people in all walks of life. Venkatesh also believes in the power of education to transform lives. 

    Venkatesh has an MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. 

    He also has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Madras University and a Masters in Financial Engineering from National University of Singapore. 

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Satyajeet Sah
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Satyajeet is a passionate technology enthusiast and is excited about the possibility of impacting education through technology. Satyajeet holds a Masters in Computer Applications from VIT, one of the premier engineering institutes in India. He is a product engineer and spends his time creating exciting courses around  the credit card sized Raspberry Pi. 

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