Bioinformatics & Raspberry Pi


The 4273π project provides materials for teaching and learning bioinformatics.


The project provides two workshops that are closely linked to the SQA Biology curricula. Both workshops use freely available research resources online. They provide editable handouts, answers, lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, in-depth practical guides and video tutorials.

Additionally, the project can provide an SD card image for use on the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer that is tailored for bioinformatics use and includes Open Educational Resources for computational biology.


Included in the package is a freely available, customized distribution of Raspbian which is a free operating system optimized for the Raspberry Pi computer. 4273π is distributed as a compressed file, including a 32GB SD card image for the Raspberry Pi.


We also have video tutorials providing additional background on publicly available bioinformatics resources.


Follow the project on on Twitter @4273pi for updates.


Go to for more information and to download the latest version of the resource.


Image: Raspberry Pi computer.  © Heleen Plaisier.