Build a Pi

Learning how a Raspberry Pi goes together is really useful. We have lots of makes involving a Pi coming up. Understanding how they go together will come in handy!


I don’t know how to assemble a Raspberry Pi.


Follow this step-by-step guide, and all will be revealed


  1. Gather together all of your components. My favourite shop is ModmyPi and I recommend them as they have good customer service. I’ve linked to both modmypi and amazon (which is a bit cheaper). For the Guest Wipi make, your kit comprises:

    Or you can just buy a complete Raspberry Pi 3 Official Desktop Starter Kit for £52, which has everything you need in it already.

    You can buy or make any kind of case you like. These ones I’ve linked are cheap and work properly, which is not the case for all…er… cases. But there are lots of fun ones to choose from if you want.

  2. ALERT: You have to install the Raspbian Operating System onto your SD Card before you do anything else. These instructions will walk you through that process. It’s pretty simple, so go and do that and then come back here. I’ll wait.

  3. OK, now let’s put this baby together. Seat the Raspberry Pi into the lower half of the case. You may need a little screwdriver to lever the snap-fit into position if you have an older case style. Click the top part of the case into place.

  4. Plug in your ethernet cable, power cable and SD card. (If you have a Wi-Fi USB dongle, plug that in too.)

  5. Everything assembled, it’s now time to get your Designated Pair of Hands™ to plug the ethernet cable into your router or switch, and then finally plug the power cable into the wall, which will turn the whole contraption on.


Why I Don’t Use a Keyboard, Monitor and Mouse

Well, I can’t use my hands so those things are pretty inconvenient for me anyway, but this is good advice for anyone playing with a Pi, I think: Rather than go to the trouble of plugging in a keyboard, monitor and mouse to your Raspberry Pi and using its native operating system we are going to be using something called ssh instead.

This means we will use an application called the Terminal on our normal machine to login to our new Raspberry Pi over our network, we will then set it up using just text commands inputted however you normally do that. So you can use whatever set up you already have: Voice Dictation, Camera Tracker, Onscreen Keyboard, Switch, or by getting your Designated Pair of Hands™ to simply copy and paste the commands from this page into the Terminal. Much more simple!