15,000 Raspberry Pi's heading to UK school children
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that, thanks to a Google Giving grant, 15,000 Model B Raspberry Pi computers will be given to UK school children. The foundation will be working with Google, CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR to find the children they think will benefit most from the computers. Computing at School's manual will be used as part of the 15,000 teaching and learning packs that the organisations plan to ship with the Raspberry Pis.
It was unclear, from the announcement, what the Foundation would be doing about the essential accessories (keyboard, mouse and SD card) which many of the recipients would most likely need. "The really good sign is that industry has a visible commitment now to trying to solve the problem of CS education in the UK", said the Foundation's Liz Upton. The H had talked with Eben Upton about educational plans for Raspberry Pi in December 2012 and this grant appears to be the start of enabling more children to lay hands on Raspberry Pi and the wide range of educational open source code that is available for it.