Element14 CEO speaks: Computer literacy and Raspberry Pi
Tiny educational computer Raspberry Pi is to be distributed by RS Components and Premier Farnell (aka element14).Premier Farnell’s CEO Harriet Green sees the start of something big:”At element14 we take very seriously the need to encourage more young people to take up technology and IT courses at schools and universities across the world and this is one reason why I am so excited about Raspberry Pi. There has been a serious and potentially worrying decline in the numbers of students in the US and Europe taking these courses. The result is simple – less design engineers to create the amazing innovations of tomorrow.
This is not about being worthy, far from it. It's about finding new ways to utilise technology that can truly revolutionise the planet that we live in.
For the past two years our element14 community has been the key place for like-minded design engineers to talk about their challenges, their ideas and their designs. That is why we have created a new area on the element14 community especially for Raspberry Pi. It has been many years since a new product has driven such a high level of interest and we want everyone who wants to share, talk and design with the Raspberry Pi to do it in one place.
The concept that Eben has created in the Raspberry Pi computer, is something that no one else has dared to do since the demise of the BBC Micro, Acorn and Commodore 64 computers in the 1980's. Today young people are attached to their Xbox and the Playstations or to playing games like Angry Birds on their smartphones. But how often do they ask how was this created?
Well now is their chance to start creating, developing the programmes and applications of tomorrow. A technology revolution is on the horizon."
CEO, Premier Farnell plc