Raspberry Pi Wish List

A couple of weeks ago, I bought my first Raspberry Pi. I'm calling her Strawberry, and I'm in love. 

What's a Raspberry Pi? As their website says, 

"The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects, and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing, browsing the internet, and playing games."

It's powerful and quite a bit of fun. As you may have read, I recently used it to create a retro gaming system with RetroPi. Now, with my niece coming to visit shortly, I'm looking for a few more projects to introduce her to while she's here. Here's my list that I'm exploring: 


Minecraft Pi This one feels like a no brainer. She loves Minecraft. I love Minecraft (who can resist the village people and diamond mining?) and this looks like a relatively easy introductory project.

Wearable Tech - She's only 11, but who says she's too young to start building a resume?  Wearables are clearly the future (as I sit here typing with my Apple Watch on my wrist) and this looks like a fun, rewarding project. I love any project that she can show off to friends and family as a marker of accomplishment. 

 Raspberry Pi Camera Module - Selfies anyone? Hooking up the Raspberry Pi to not only take images and videos but edit the image settings too seems like a lot to accomplish in an afternoon. This may end up being a project I do on my own. 

Sonic Pi - My niece loves music. She'll sing along to the latest hits whenever I have the radio on in the car and while she doesn't currently play an instrument, I think she'd really get a kick out of making her own music on the Raspberry Pi. I don't think she's played around with GarageBand yet, even.


Looking for other recommendations of projects that will take a few hours but keep an 11-year-old engaged. If you have any suggestions, please tweet me @lphelps09. Thanks!