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Learn to mine cryptocurrencies (Video)

Use your Raspberry Pi to mine Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, ByteCoin, MagiCoin, and TurtleCoin. An unprofitable weekend experiment for curious minds.

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If you are interested in cryptocurrency mining but are confused by the technology, terminology, and how it works, then keep reading.

If you are anything like me, you are interested in cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain. You probably are also interested in mining crypto, but thought that it is too hard, too expensive, and simply did not know how to get started. That's exactly what I thought.

And that is why we decided to create this video course.

Crypto mining is not a mystery anymore. Let us show you...

In this course, we explain:

- What is a cryptocurrency

- How to mine some of the major cryptocurrencies using your Raspberry Pi

- The kind of mining rewards based on which you can earn crypto "coins"

- How to set up paper and software wallets

- How to join online mining pools that will make your mining efficient

- How to install and use mining software for the most common cryptocurrencies

- How to expand your Blockchain knowledge through projects

In the beginning, there was the Blockchain

The Blockchain, on which the Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are based, is a technology that has the potential to do just that.

The Blockchain is a digital document on which information is recorded and shared among the participants of a network in a way that makes it very difficult (or impossible) to alter.

Because of its security and reliability features, the Blockchain provides the ideal infrastructure for the implementation of systems that must record financial, contractual, or any other valuable information that traditionally requires an intermediary (like a Government, a lawyer, or an agency) to guarantee its validity. With the Blockchain, the validity of this information is guaranteed by the Blockchain network.

Think of the Blockchain network as a network of nodes (computers that run the compatible Blockchain software). Each node has a copy of the Blockchain and provides validation services to transactions that are happening around the network.

Blockchain applications

The Blockchain and its many applications promise to change how we do common transactions, like buying and selling goods and services, entering contractual agreements, and even how Governments operate.

They promise to democratize the economy by reducing or eliminating the control of the money supply by central banks, reduce corporate and government corruption by storing every record in the Blockchain-powered public ledger, reduce international transaction and currency exchange costs, and automate all kinds of agreements between people and organizations through automation.

Blockchain adoption and HTML, TCP/IP

Is this too good to be true? While no-one can predict the future with certainty, what we do know is that the technology we need to achieve all this has already been invented. We are now going through a phase of adoption by our societies and economies, and experimentation.

This is the process I experienced vividly with HTML and TCP/IP in the mid-1990's.

The question is, are you ready for cryptocurrencies?

Profit versus knowledge

This question goes far beyond mining cryptocurrencies for profit. It is about understanding a major application of the Blockchain, perhaps the application that has evolved the most, and matured to the extent that it is certainly not a fad anymore. Cryptocurrencies are here to stay and they are integrating with our daily lives more every day.

Learning how to mine cryptocurrencies will give you an insider understanding of the mechanics of how monetary value is created through the computational effort of a computer.

Why we have created this course

With crypto, the printing press, owned and operated by a central bank, is replaced by a computer, owned and operated by you.

The monopoly of the central bank to print currency is replaced by the ability of your computer to solve mathematical problems.

Your Raspberry Pi, or your general-purpose or specialized mining computer, is like a personal mini-central bank, connected to other mini central-banks, constantly adding value to the public cryptocurrency network.

This is why we have created this course.

Like you, we wanted to know how cryptocurrency mining works. We wanted to know if it is possible to mine Bitcoin with a Raspberry Pi, and why CPUs and even GPUs (graphics processing units) are no longer adequate for profitable mining.

We also wanted to know if other cryptocurrencies can be mined by our Raspberry Pi (there are!), and whether it is possible to join forces with other miners in order to improve our collective mining efficiency (it is!).

Is it legal? What is a block? What is a mining pool and why would I want to share my work with others? What are mining algorithms and which ones should I use for a particular cryptocurrency? Is it expensive?

All of these are good questions, and questions that we needed to answer in our quest to understand this technology.

But as I said earlier, for us, crypto mining is not about making a quick buck.

It's about learning a technology that can potentially change how the fundamental "plumbing" of our economy and society work.

It's all about the Blockchain.

Crypto-mining is simply the best place to start, so this is where this course starts.

Learn through deliberate practice

As a maker, my reward is my understanding of the process of mining. And understanding is best achieved through deliberate practice. I know that endless searching for good resources on Google, YouTube, etc. can waste valuable time; time better spent learning.

How many times have you sat down to learn something new, only to realize that you have wasted your time searching the Internet for answers? The Internet is an incredible repository of information, but finding high-quality and organized content, suitable for fast learning can still be a frustrating experience.

I invite you to take the fast route with this course and join us in Learn to Mine Cryptocurrencies.

We've already done the hard work so that you can concentrate on learning.

So, what will you learn?

In this course, you will learn:

- What is a cryptocurrency

- How to mine some of the major cryptocurrencies using your Raspberry Pi B Model 3 (Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, Bytecoin, Magicoin, Turtlecoin)

- The kind of mining rewards based on which you can earn crypto "coins"

- How to set up paper and software wallets

- How to join online mining pools that will make your mining efficient

- How to install and use mining software for the most common cryptocurrencies

- How to expand your Blockchain knowledge through projects

Who are we and why should you learn with us?

Tech Explorations is a company that specializes in delivering technology education courses for makers, STEM teachers and STEM students to thousands of students from around the world.

Our team of mentors develops these courses and supports our students. We strive to create enjoyable experiences for all our students, and we have been doing so since 2013.

Dr. Peter Dalmaris is the presenter of "Learn to mind cryptocurrencies." Peter is an electrical and computer engineer with a 15-year career in University education. Peter founded Tech Explorations in 2013 with a mission to help educate the world. His passion is in STEAM and related topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). Peter believes that everyone needs a solid foundation in these areas in order to thrive in a high-tech society. Peter entered the world of the Bitcoin in 2013 when he purchased his first Bitcoin. He has been learning about the Blockchain since then and is fascinated by the technology's potential to "help save the world" (to paraphrase Bill Nye aka "the Science Guy").

John Marountas is the researcher and original author of the ebook version of this course. John is an agricultural engineer. He works primarily as a back-end developer for web applications for the PHP and Ruby scripting languages, but he also uses Java for desktop and android application development. He is a Maker enthusiast and uses Python for scripting on the Raspberry Pi and Arduino devices.

John turned his attention since 2016 towards the blockchain technology and its promising features for a decentralized web platform. He experimented with various hardware setups to mine cryptocurrencies and understood from the inside out the life of this new computer ecosystem. During 2017 he started experimenting with the Solidity language and started working on smart contracts over the Ethereum platform.

Isn't the information in this course "free"?

While you can find everything in this course somewhere on the Internet for "free," you will have to spend valuable time to find it, figure out if it is current, and apply it. In most cases, what you will find will be out of date, inaccurate, or missing important details, causing you to waste your valuable time.

This course is the result of our research effort into cryptocurrency mining. We invested a lot of time compiling this course from the best sources available, using best practices, and testing every single line of code and instruction.

While the end result, the course, is not free, it will save you many hours of fruitless wandering around the Internet.

It will get you the result you want (an understanding of how crypto mining works through hands-on experience) fast, and frustration-free.

How much is this worth to you?

Don't like it? No worries

As with all our educational products, if you purchase this course, but don't like it, just let us know within 30-day of your enrolment, and we'll give you your money back.

There is absolutely no risk for you.

We want you to be confident that by buying this course, as with all our courses, you will learn something valuable. Something that is worth far more than the money you will spend on this course.

Course enhancements

This course comes in a text + ebook version. If you want to have a full transcript in PDF format, that you can print or read on your monitor, you can purchase this add-on for a 50% discount on the normal price.

This is a one-time offer only. You will get the opportunity to purchase it right after you complete the purchase of the video course.

You will also get free access to:

1. The course's Help Desk. Use it to ask questions or make recommendations for improvement.

2. The Tech Explorations Makers Club on Facebook, where you can discuss cryptocurrency and Blockchain issues with other students and our team.

3. Code and instructions are available through the course GitHub repository

Time to get started

Okay, these are the details of this course, "Learn to mine cryptocurrencies."

Feel free to check out the course curriculum and the free lectures of the first section.

The only thing left to do is to click on the Enroll Now button and get started with mining your first cryptocurrency!

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Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Is crypto-mining or using cryptocurrency illegal?
No! Most countries around the world either recognise cryptocurrencies as normal currencies, or ignore them.
Do I need any specialised hardware?
You will only need a Raspberry Pi. If you don't have one, you will be able to follow the exact same instructions on any computer running a Debian Linux operating system. If you are interested in specialised mining hardware, you will be able to apply the knowledge you will gain in this project.
Is cryptocurrency mining on the Raspberry Pi profitable?
No! The Raspberry Pi is an excellent compute for general-purpose learning, but it is not an optimised cryptocurrency miner. The cost of electricity needed to power the Raspberry Pi in higher than the value of the Bitcoins or other currency you will be able to mine using it. The purpose of this project is learning, not profiting.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Is there any video in this course
The video version of this course is coming in September or October of 2018. The video will cover the exact same topics presented in the current version of the book.

Your Instructor


Dr Peter Dalmaris
Dr Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.

As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.

Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.

A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.

His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.

Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.

For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.


With this purchase, you will get:

  • The video version of the course,
  • the lecture text is accessible in your web browser organised along with the video,
  • help via the Tech Explorations Help Desk
  • access to the Tech Explorations Makers Club on Facebook

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