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Thanks To Google 15000 Raspberry Pis Go Free For UK Schools

Written by  Sudheer Raju | 29 January 2013
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raspberry piRaspberry Pi seems to be hitting the right notes this year, first with a kind contribution to put together an education manual and now Google going all out sponsoring a grant that enables 15000 free Pi's to UK schools as announced today. Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton have announced this today at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge.

The Pi team will be working with Google and six UK educational partners to find the kids who we think will benefit from having their very own Raspberry Pi. CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR will each be helping us identify those kids, and will also be helping us work with them. OCR will also be creating 15,000 free teaching and learning packs to go with the Raspberry Pis.

Specifically designed as kids computer, this credit-card sized computer can plug into your TV and a keyboard and can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games including playing high-definition videos. Pi comes in two models Model A and Model B where Model A has 256MB RAM, one USB port and no Ethernet, Model B comes with 512MB RAM, 2 USB port and an Ethernet port. It supports Python programming language by default and runs on Linux Operating system powered on an SD card.

Inspired by the success of the 1980s BBC Micro, Google and Raspberry Pi hope that every child with a talent or interest in computing will now get the chance to learn to write computer code.

Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.

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