Raspberry Pi and Teaching Kids to Program Computers

When you hear the two words, Raspberry Pi, your stomach may start making noise. If you read my first sentence, you may think that I misspelled the word pie. Pi is the correct spelling, however, for an impressive new credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. What makes it impressive isn’t the small size, but the small price — the Raspberry Pi sells for $25.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation started because this cool team of people wanted to make computers more affordable, as in super cheap $25 and a $35 “upgraded 2 USB port model”, for kids to learn how to program or at least not be afraid to test ideas and mess with the parts of the computer. Or part, in this case.

According to the website: “It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.”

It is about 3 and 1/4 inches long by 2 and 1/8 inches wide and less than 3/4 inch high. It boots from an SD card and you can read the FAQ which has plenty of interesting and useful specifications details here. There’s a bit of a wait to get one, but you can pre-order them by following the links on the main site. All in all, it is an amazing new direction for computing and one that has a lot of people talking and waiting to get their hands on one. Let us know if you have one and bring it to the Kitsap Mini Maker Faire!! We want to see you at the event and at the Computer Build-a-Thon station.

Oh, and Adafruit introduces their add-on board in the “Ask and Engineer” video last week (the first 5 minutes or so). http://youtu.be/znOMiWkpWeo

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