C-STEMbian is for computing and STEM education using Raspberry Pi. C-STEMbian is a free open source Linux operating system based on Raspbian for absolute beginners to use Raspberry Pi effectively. It extends Raspbian with easy installation of many additional components, including C-STEM Studio and user-friendly C/C++ interpreter Ch, to help absolute beginners learn coding, making, robotics, and STEM.
C-STEMbian is an ideal solution for coding, do it yourself (DIY) and making, Internet of Things (IoT) applications, and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) using Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards.
C-STEMbian runs in Raspberry Pi and Pi compatible computers, including Pi 1, 2, 3, Pi Zero, and Pi Zero W. Raspberry Pi computers are ultra-low-cost, fully functional tiny computers that sell for as little as $5 dollars. They are developed by the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation, with the goal of putting “digital making into the hands of people all over the world.” C-STEM Studio for Raspberry Pi makes building your own digital and hardware systems easy and fun.
GPIOviewer in C-STEM Studio allows students easily get started tinkering with electronics and testing circuitry using general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins on Raspberry Pi.
C/C++ is the programming language of choice for interfacing hardware and electronics. The scripting and plotting capabilities in C/C++ interpreter Ch allow for rapid software development using Ch WiringPi Package with visualization. The step-by-step debugging feature in the user friendly ChIDE helps students learn problem solving with critical thinking and reasoning
Ch Arduino in C-STEMbian allows seamless integration of Pi and Arduino for unprecedented convenience of physical computing and Making.
Web-based computing in Raspberry Pi can be used for web-based data acquisition and visualization.
Student teams can participate in project-based RoboPlay Video Competition using Linkbot or NXT/EV3, or combination, with motions created using C-STEM Studio in Raspberry Pi.
C-STEMbian and C-STEM Studio can be downloaded from Downloads page.
A Raspberry Pi computer can run stand alone, connected with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. C-STEM Studio on Raspberry Pi can be accessed through Windows, Mac, or Chromebook computers using existing peripheral devices through Virtual Network Computing. You can get started with C-STEMbian for Pi quickly.
Major Components and Features
C-STEMbian is a superset of the latest Raspbian. C-STEMbian contains the following major components for education, research, and applications in STEM fields, IoT, and CPS.
- Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s official supported operating system. As C-STEMbian is a superset of the Raspbian, C-STEMbian contains all features of the latest Raspbian.
- Ch, a C/C++ interpreter for script computing in C/C++ with high-level extensions, including ChIDE, simple numerical computing, plotting, QuickAnimation, etc.
- ChIDE in Ch can be used to edit, debug, and run C/C++ program with syntax highlighting, and can readily compile and link C/C++ programs using gcc for C and g++ for C++ compilers (in ChIDE->Tools->Compile/Link/Build/Go). It is a better alternative than Geany Text Editor in Raspberry Pi.
- C-STEM Studio, a platform for hands-on integrated learning of computing, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (C-STEM) using Linkbot, Lego Mindstorms NXT and EV3, Arduino boards, and Raspberry Pi, Pi Zero, Pi Zero W. C-STEM Studio can be used to teach C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum which provides K-13 students with up to 12 years of hands-on integrated math and computer science education with coding in Blockly and Ch/C/C++.
- Ch Mindstorms Controller in C-STEMStudio is the only platform in Raspberry Pi that allows you to control Lego Mindstorms NXT/EV3 from Pi directly. A single program can also control multiple NXT/EV3 at the same time.
- GPIOviewer, a simple GUI to interact with general purpose input/output (GPIO) pins on Rasperry Pi
- Ch WiringPi Package, a Ch binding to WiringPi to use WiringPi C functions for interfacing GPIO and other devices.
- Ch Arduino package in C-STEM Studio allows the same C/C++ code to run in both ChIDE and Arduino IDE without any modification.
- Ch Common Gateway Interface (CGI) Toolkit for processing fill-out forms in Web development and Web-based computing.
- Linkbot Labs for control Barobo Linkbots.
- Using Ch Mechanism Toolkit for Web-Based Mechanism Design and Analysis for design and analysis of many different mechanisms such as fourbar linkage, crank-slider mechanism, sixbar linkages, cam-follower system, etc.
- Ch Control System Toolkit and Web-Based Control System Design and Analysis for modeling, design, and analysis of continuous-time or discrete-time linear time invariant (LTI) control systems.
- Apache Web Server for web development and Web-based computing (The user needs to start the server)
- Embedded Ch for embedded scripting and IoT by embedding Ch engine into a binary C/C++ application program so that the program behavior can be changed by C/C++ scripts later without recompilation.
- Mobile-C, an IEEE FIPA compliant mobile agent platform for mobile agent-based computing and applications for IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems.
- (Ch OpenCV for machine vision has been ported to run in C-STEMbian and are currently in beta testing. If you are interested in beta testing, please contact us.)
- (More packages will be added. Practically all C libraries can be ported to work in Ch using Ch SDK. We can help you port your favorite C libraries to run in C-STEMbian.)
Physical Computing Curriculum
Training on Physical Computing with Pi and Arduino
You can visit our Professional Development page to register for a 1-Day Workshop on Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Robots using the C-STEM Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi and Arduino with C-STEMbian pre-installed.