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Raspberry Pi Build HAT enables design projects in the LEGO building system

19th October 2021
Tom Anstee

Farnell is now selling the Raspberry Pi Build HAT, which enables Raspberry Pi computers to be integrated into the LEGO building system – offering greater flexibility and affordability in design projects.

The Build HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) and the LEGO building system can be used to create robots, cars, games, a smart house and even an egg-laying chicken. The Raspberry Pi Build HAT is the second Raspberry Pi product to be based on the RP2040 microcontroller. The LEGO Maker Plate is available separately from LEGO retailers and allows users to easily integrate the Raspberry Pi computers into the LEGO building system. Users who are comfortable working with Raspberry Pi and LEGO will benefit from these two brands.

Farnell will be shipping the Raspberry Pi Build HAT and power supply from stock in October 2021. Key product features include:


  • The Raspberry Pi Build HAT, which combines the power of Raspberry Pi computing with hands-on learning experience of LEGO to create a fun and interactive learning experience for students, teachers and makers. The Build HAT is compatible with the most recent generation of LEGO Technic motors, and with sensors included in the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime portfolio. The Build HAT is easy to use from Python on the Raspberry Pi.
  • The Raspberry Pi 48W Build HAT Power Supply, which is the official power supply for use with the Raspberry Pi Build HAT. Key specifications include a 110 to 240VAC input and a 8VDC, 6A output. The product features a 1.5m connecting cable.


Said Romain Soreau, head of Single Board Computing at Farnell: “Raspberry Pi Build HAT brings together world leading innovators Raspberry Pi and LEGO by combining the Raspberry Pi computer range with the LEGO building system. We are delighted to help inspire future creators by providing an expanded range of Raspberry Pi products which provide an introduction into electronic project design.”

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Its goal is to provide an easy-to-use maker experience for beginners, which is flexible enough for advanced users. Raspberry Pi provides and affordable single board computer system for education and to develop industrial automation and control, and personal computing products.

Farnell is the longest standing Raspberry Pi partner and has sold more than 15 million units to date. Farnell stocks the complete range of Raspberry Pi single board computers including the recently-launched Raspberry Pi Pico, enabling customers to build a wide range of devices for professional, commercial, education or home use. A diverse ecosystem of accessories is available including cases, power supplies, micro-HDMI cables and the Raspberry Pi High Resolution Camera.

Farnell stocks a broad range of education devices that can be supplied in classes, schools and multiple-school quantities and has worked with multiple educational organisations and governments to support strategic rollouts of STEM learning solutions into the classroom. Farnell can offer support with provision and bundling of equipment for bespoke large-scale projects. Customers can also benefit from technical support alongside free access to valuable online resources on the Farnell website, and engineering and maker community, element14.

For more information, visit Farnell's Raspberry Pi page and Raspberry Pi's coverage of the Raspberry Pi Build HAT here.

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