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The Raspberry Pi can help schools get with the program
April 03, 2012
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer board costing around £22 each which when are plugged into a TV or a keyboard turns into a fully programmable computer running on the Linux operating system.
Children have been until now taught how to operate software but not how a computer is programmed, about how they are built and how we make computers work. This had led to a decline in the number of quality applicants for computing degrees at university and the perception that computing had become lacklustre and even boring.
Eben Upton an academic working in computing science at Cambridge University believed the answer lay in the development of a computer that would give school children the knowledge and inspiration for computer programming that till now was missing.
Upton got together a group of like minded teachers, academics and computer enthusiasts and the dream of Raspberry Pi a cheap credit card sized programmable computer was born. One of the key features of the gadget is that it will enable students to mess around without the risk of messing it up giving the adults of tomorrow a thorough understanding of a mysterious box that most currently do not fully understand giving school childen a sense of how to master it effectively.