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Google Gives Children 15,000 Raspberry Pi Computers

UK schoolchildren will be given 15,000 Raspberry Pi computers in a move funded by Google.

After announcing the initiative at ChestertonCommunity College in Cambridge, Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton gave the Chesterton students a lesson in coding.

 

“We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK,” said Upton, “we believe that this can turn around the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to read Computer Science at university.”

 

Google and Raspberry Pi are working with Code Club, Computing at School, Generating Genius and Coderdojo to distribute the Raspberry Pi computers to schools around the UK.

 

“Britain’s innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world – the telephone, television and computers were all invented here,” said Schmidt, “we’ve been working to encourage the next generation of computer scientists and we hope this donation of Raspberry Pi’s to British school pupils will help drive a new wave of innovation.”

 

Raspberry Pi was formed to teach people how to code rather than just seeing computers as a black box.

Tags: chesterton, decline, genius, next generation, school pupils

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5 Comments

  1. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    January 30, 2013 06:24

    Not sure if it is better but it does seem to get the job done:
    http://elinux.org/RPi_Low-level_peripherals
    http://elinux.org/RPi_Expansion_Boards

  2. David Manners
    January 29, 2013 19:10

    I don’t know either Keith, I ordered one to find out but it never arrived.

  3. Keith
    January 29, 2013 19:09

    “Raspberry Pi is also suited for hardware experiments.”
    How’s that then? Does it have specific interfaces for ‘experiments’? Is it better than the Arduino (http://www.arduino.cc/) in this respect?

  4. SecretEuroPatentAgentMan
    January 29, 2013 18:25

    Raspberry Pi is also suited for hardware experiments.
    Also if the machine breaks it is less of a disaster than if the family PC dies.

  5. Keith
    January 29, 2013 17:50

    I’m still rather mystified as to why a special bit of hardware is required to teach programming.
    What’s wrong with that Windows or Mac PC lying around the house? If it’s Windows you don’t like, download Linux. Either way you have free C++ development tools available and free gui toolkits available. And you don’t have to tie up your TV as a display, cadge a keyboard and mouse. Nor worry about stepping on the circuit board and squashing your Pi.
    Or am I missing something? Does the Raspberry have BBC Basic hidden in it somewhere?