I haven't tried it, but it should work. Power the plate from 5V.
Looking at the layout of the Arduino version of the board, there are two resistors that are not on the Pi as apparently the Arduino expects pull up resistors on the i2c lines. Do you know if this will cause an issue, I'm not so familiar with the Arduino? If so, do you have any idea how I could connect resistors in a way that would avoid the problem.
Is there anything else attached to the Pi?
The problem occurred before attaching anything else to the Pi. Currently there is an RF transmitter connected to 5V, GND and GPIO17.
I've attached pictures of the board, and I have checked every joint that might be shorted with a multimeter.