CUP Undergraduate Research

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College of Arts & Sciences


Math & Science


The Raspberry Pi is a fully operational, credit card sized computer that costs $40. When a monitor and keyboard are connected, it can perform any task that a desktop computer can accomplish. The Raspberry Pi uses Linux based operating systems which can be easy to use and learn. Integrating the Pi into projects is made easy by connecting specific hardware components and programming them with the Python computer language. Python is widely used by many companies including Google and Reddit. The Pi is faster and more user-friendly than similar boards such as Arduino. Additionally, there are online support forums from Pi customers and support teams. In the summer of 2017, we were able to outfit the Pi to operate an air quality sensor array.