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Raspberry Pi and Google team up to give 15,000 school kids a computer

29 Jan 2013

Google has funded a project with the Raspberry Pi Foundation that will see the pair deliver 15,000 computers into UK schools.

The effort will provide classes with a Raspberry Pi and teaching materials, and are aimed at inspiring teachers and students alike. The scheme was launched today at a Cambridge college by Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton and Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

Upton and Schmidt delivered a coding lesson to the 12-year olds in attendance, and talked up the importance of computing education and understanding, and what it means to the UK.

"We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK," said Upton.

"We believe that this can turn around the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to read computer science at university."

The Foundation and Google will work together with six educational partners as part of the initiative: Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Coderdojo, Teach First and qualifications body OCR. OCR will produce teaching and support materials.

"Britain's innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world - the telephone, television and computers were all invented here," Schmidt said.

"We've been working to encourage the next generation of computer scientists and we hope this donation of Raspberry Pis to British school pupils will help drive a new wave of innovation."

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Dave Neal

Dave Neal is a reporter at The INQUIRER. Previously he worked at, VNUnet, and IT Week in editor and journalist roles.

He started his career when the Y2K bug was a front page story and remains committed to covering the interesting world of technology news.

He left the world of office working four years ago and now represents The INQUIRER from home in Kent with his dog.

Dave has been quoted in papers including the London Metro.

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