8 Easy Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners

Learning to work with computers and electronics at the board level is now something that happens in elementary school. The Raspberry Pi project can take a lot of credit for that. Raspberry Pi projects are affordable, easy to start, and fun! Why not try one of these easy Raspberry Pi projects for beginners of all ages?

Whole house ad blocking

Normally we don’t recommend blocking ads. That’s how we pay our bills. Make one anyway ad blocker that works for every device in your home is a great learning project! These RaspberryPi (RasPi) based ad-blockers are known as: Pi holes

You need:

  • A Raspberry Pi with network connection
  • Access your network router
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Create a VPN for your home

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a huge step towards security and privacy on the internet. This is possible with WireGuarda open source, free VPN client. Do this along with the Pi-hole project and you’ll have a more secure home network than you’ve ever had! It’s also an easy Raspberry Pi project to learn about RasPis and VPNs.

You need:

  • A Raspberry Pi
  • Access your network router
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Motion sensor triggered video recording by parent detector

A project from the official RaspberryPi site, the parent detector is intended as a fun build for children. However, it can be used for anything. The idea is that when someone for the motion sensor, the RasPi will start recording video. Then you can go back and watch who eats your Halloween candy.

You need:

  • A Raspberry Pi
  • PIR motion sensor module
  • Different Female To Female Jumper Wires
  • Camera board 360 gooseneck mount for the camera (optional)
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Build an Amazon Echo

Believe it or not, you can do it build your own Amazon Echo† Who doesn’t want one smart speaker that your music also plays the way you tell it? Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a programmer. Programming is almost already done for you. Once you have it set up, you can also do some home automation with it. The Alexa Voice service can do a lot. It just takes some time to learn it.

You need:

  • A Raspberry Pi connected to the Internet
  • Speaker
  • USB microphone
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Build a Raspberry Pi Google Assistant

If Amazon isn’t your thing, that’s okay. You can build a RasPi Google Assistant at! Register an account on the Google Console Actions dashboard, follow the project instructions in this simple Raspberry Pi project and it’s time to say, “Ok Google!” to your new AI assistant.

You need:

  • A Raspberry Pi connected to the Internet
  • Speaker
  • USB microphone
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Ethical Hacker Workstation

Computer security is one of the fastest growing areas today. Companies and even countries are struggling to get skilled security professionals. Consider Becoming an Ethical Hacker with a Dedicated Kali Linux computer made from a RasPi† You have a powerful and portable hacking station to practice anywhere.

You need:

  • Raspberry Pi with Wi-Fi
  • 3.5 inch LCD touchscreen and case
  • Portable keyboard (optional but useful)
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

WiFi library for everyone

You’ve seen those little free libraries that some people put in their front yards. It’s a great way to encourage reading, give back to the community and make the world a little bit more loving. This can also be done wirelessly! Using your RasPi and a whole lot free ebookscan you a free wifi library that anyone within reach can use. They just connect to it as if they were using a Wi-Fi router.

You need:

Build a Raspberry Pi FM Radio Transmitter

Spotify and TuneIn Radio make radio at home almost obsolete. Maybe you just want to hear your own music and share it with the family on a good old FM stereo. You may want to start a school radio station. These 30 minutes RasPi FM Radio Transmitter Project will make that happen. Add a decent antenna and you can broadcast up to a radius of 50 meters.

You need:

  • Raspberry Pi with internet connection
  • Microphone
  • Raspberry Pi case (optional)

Go build!

Once you’ve used simple Raspberry Pi projects to build things with the various Raspberry Pis available, it’s hard to stop. Kind of like eating real pie. They are so affordable, easy to use, yet capable of almost anything. Take the time to learn a programming language like Python and a little electronics and the sky is the limit.

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