Overview

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Raspberry Pi 4

With the Raspberry Pi 4, you can now program in the latest version of Scratch, a popular programming language for beginners. Additionally you can use the new Scratch Raspberry Pi extensions to interact with Scratch in a more physical way.

This guide will go through how to set up the Raspberry Pi 4 to program with Scratch 3. Additionally, we will run through a demo showcasing some of the possibilities that this dynamic combo of a powerful microprocessor and intuitive, easy to learn programming language allows.

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What's Scratch?

Scratch is a block-based language geared for beginners that lets you create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art.

Scratch is easy to use and requires no prior coding experience!

Parts

Here's what you'll need to get started

1) Raspberry Pi 4 with your choice of RAM (any will do just fine!)

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 4G RAM

PRODUCT ID: 4296
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 4 better...
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Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 2 GB RAM

PRODUCT ID: 4292
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 4 better...
$45.00
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Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 1GB RAM

PRODUCT ID: 4295
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 4 better...
$35.00
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Have a different Pi? Fear not! You can use other versions of Raspberry Pis as well as long as the Raspbian operating system is updated. However without the Pi 4 you will not be able to use the latest version of Scratch (Scratch 3).

2) Pi power supply

USB C power supply 

Official Raspberry Pi Power Supply 5.1V 3A with USB C

PRODUCT ID: 4298
The official Raspberry Pi USB-C power supply is here! And of course, we have 'em in classic Adafruit black! Super fast with just the right amount of cable length to get your Pi 4...
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or you can use USB micro B power supply with an an adapter

5V 2.5A Switching Power Supply with 20AWG MicroUSB Cable

PRODUCT ID: 1995
Our all-in-one 5V 2.5 Amp + MicroUSB cable power adapter is the perfect choice for powering single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or anything else that's power...
$7.50
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Micro B USB to USB C Adapter

PRODUCT ID: 4299
As technology changes and adapts, so does Adafruit, and speaking of adapting, this adapter has a Micro B USB jack and a USB C...
$1.25
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3) Display

You can use any display with an HDMI input.

We also have some options:

HDMI 5" Display Backpack - Without Touch

PRODUCT ID: 2232
Its a mini panel-mountable HDMI monitor! So small and simple, you can use this display with any computer that has HDMI output, and the shape makes it easy to attach to a case or rail....
$59.95
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4) Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable

Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable - 2 meter

PRODUCT ID: 1322
Connect an HDMI device with a micro HDMI port to one with a regular size HDMI port together with this basic HDMI cable. It has nice molded grips for easy installation, and is 2 meter...
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5) Keyboard and mouse

Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo - One USB Port!

PRODUCT ID: 1738
Add a good quality, slim chiclet keyboard as well as an optical mouse to your Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone Black or other mini-computer with this wireless combo set. Best of all,...
$19.95
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6) 16GB Micro SD card w/ Noobs

16GB Card with NOOBS 3.1 for Raspberry Pi Computers including 4

PRODUCT ID: 4266
NOOBS 3.1 is the fastest way to have a variety of operating systems on your Pi. Available on a 16G card, you can now boot multiple OS's such as Raspbian, Pidora, RaspBMC,...
$14.95
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Already have a 16GB micro sd card but don't have NOOBS pre-installed on it? No worries! Read on to find out how to get it set up with NOOBS.

7) 1K ohm resistors

Through-Hole Resistors - 1.0K ohm 5% 1/4W - Pack of 25

PRODUCT ID: 4294
ΩMG! You're not going to be able to resist these handy resistor packs! Well, axially, they do all of the resisting for you!This is a 25 Pack of...
$0.75
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8) Female to male jumper wires

Premium Female/Male 'Extension' Jumper Wires - 20 x 6"

PRODUCT ID: 1954
These Female/Male Extension jumper wires are handy for making wire harnesses or jumpering between headers on PCB's. These premium jumper wires are 6" (150mm) long and come in a 'strip'...
$1.95
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9) Breadboard

Half-size breadboard

PRODUCT ID: 64
This is a cute half size breadboard, good for small projects. It's 2.2" x 3.4" (5.5 cm x 8.5 cm) with a standard double-strip in the middle and two power rails on both...
$5.00
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10) Leds

Diffused 3mm LED Pack - 5 LEDs each in 5 Colors - 25 Pack

PRODUCT ID: 4202
Need some miniature indicators? We are big fans of these diffused LEDs. They are fairly bright, so they can be seen in daytime, and from any angle. They go easily into a breadboard and...
$2.95
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This guide was first published on Sep 21, 2019. It was last updated on Sep 21, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Dec 02, 2019.