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Mr. Hungerford from Gilroy CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Pi Hats? How to Build a Robotic Car...

My students need HATs for their Raspberry Pis' so they can build robotic vehicles.

  • $431 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My school is a large high school (1650 students) in a rural area. We are a growing school, and we are now in our second year of having a computer science (programming) class. We are the older, and now smaller, of two comprehensive high schools in our district.

While it is cool to program, and watch what happens on the screen, it is a better educational experience when students can spend more time doing hands-on activities.

My students are predominately second language learners, and most (about 70%) qualify for free lunch. These students are great. Many do not have parents who have gone to college, so a major focus of our school is in preparing students to think about going on with education after high school.

My Project

Wait... you want HATs? That is correct... but first we need to understand what a HAT really is. In this case, HAT stands for Hardware Attached on Top. We will be adding additional circuit boards on top of our Raspberry Pis (micro computer) that we use in class so we can add additional functionality to them.

We are going to build programmable "cars" with the Raspberry Pi functioning as the brain that controls the wheels of the car.

By adding a HAT, we can control the wheels of the cars that our students will be building. Once we get functional vehicles, then we can transform them into line following, or wall sensing cars or ... but that is up to the students to determine where their imagination will take them.

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Mr. Hungerford
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi - Mini Kit • Amazon Business $25.48 8 $203.84
Stepper Motor Nema 17 Bipolar 40mm 64oz.in(45Ncm) 2A 4 Lead 3D Printer Hobby CNC • Amazon Business $12.50 8 $100.00

Materials cost

$303.84

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$27.80

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.56

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$366.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$64.62

Total project goal

$430.82

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$430.82

2 Donors

-$430.82

Donations toward project cost

-$366.20

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$64.62

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$0.00

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