The Raspberry Pi is a small computer, roughly the size of a credit card. It was designed by a group of academics in England from leading universities in the field of Computer Science such as Cambridge, as a low cost device that would give young people the opportunity to learn computing. It allows children to mess around with technology in a way that would enable them to learn without damaging the family high end PC or laptop, and at a price that means it’s not unreasonable to build it into more permanent projects such as robots or monitoring systems.
Setting up a Raspberry Pi is very easy. Just plug it to your TV or a monitor, and plug in a mouse and keyboard using an USB. The entire operating system runs off of an SD card, which is a removable storage you find in many digital cameras. This means if anything goes wrong then you can simply wipe the card and start all over again. Power is supplied from a micro USB power supply, and the board can be connected to the Internet via Ethernet or a Wi-Fi adapter.
With the help of Raspberry Pi Foundation trustees a curriculum is created to teach young people the value of being able to code and make cool things happen like making music with code with Sonic Pi. It also has a lesson plan to teach students how to get started with Raspberry Pi. Teach programming concepts to students through the process of creating new sounds with some Pi.
The classroom is not the only way to get learning with Raspberry Pi, many books aimed at home learners have appeared since its introduction, from Learning Python with Raspberry Pi to Raspberry Pi Projects. Children and young people have always been the target audience for the Raspberry Pi, to give them a way to discover and learn new skills
Raspberry Pi has also taken the maker movement by storm with people young and old. All over the world people have been taking to workshops in their community called “Makerspaces” to practice their DIY skills, make a project from their imaginings, and learn more about engineering and computing in the process. You can make your own robot with a blinking antenna, turn a squidgy sweet into an input button for your Raspberry Pi.
Thanks to devices like the Raspberry Pi and the community that has grown around them, there’s really no excuse to see technology as too difficult to understand or control.