It’s not every day that we talk about the ultra-affordable Raspberry Pi Model B computer and schools, but it’s not every day that Google gives 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model B units to UK schools.
A generous move from Google Giving – although it will hardly put a dent in Google’s cash pot – the grant is supposed to help kids find their way around computers and computer-related work:
Today’s been a bit unlike most Tuesdays at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Today we’re the recipients of a very generous grant from Google Giving, which will provide 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs for schoolkids around the UK. Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has just been to visit Cambridge, and he and Eben have been teaching a classroom of local kids to code all morning. Lucky kids.
In addition to the actual computers, OCR will be creating 15,000 free teaching and learning packs to pair with the Raspberry Pi machines. And on top of Google’s involvement in the project, there are six “UK educational partners” working with Raspberry Pi including CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR.
Are your kids working on Raspberry Pi computers yet?