It’s tasty but its not edible…..and it has sold a million units in the first 12 months of its existence.
The Raspberry Pi (RPi) is a small computer. It doesn’t have a screen or keyboard but plugs into most monitors or TV’s and a keyboard, is powerful enough to complete day-to-day tasks like browsing the internet or creating documents and can even support HD video. It’s educational, hackable, open to anyone and highly adaptable – which is why it is loved by teachers, developers, children and silver surfers. Raspberry Pi’s have been used for everything from disaster relief drones and air pollution monitors to musical vegetables!
The Raspberry Pi Foundation
The Raspberry Pi foundation which produces the Raspberry Pi want to ‘see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere’. Which makes this the perfect thing to get children into playing with computers and software. There is a brilliant feature by Wired which is well worth reading.
How much does a Raspberry Pi cost?
You can pick up a base model for £25. However, bear in mind that in addition to the credit sized circuit board you will need a keyboard, mouse, monitor (you can use most TVs), Ethernet cable and SD memory card. It’s worth shopping around to get the cheapest parts which can be a fun challenge for your kids (they can also get them via the Roosterbank Shop).
We also recommend you read the Raspberry Pi User Guide, Co-authored by the Pi creator, it will help you get the RPi up and running in no time. Alternatively, you can check out the Raspberry Pi site forum for free resources, projects and help with everything Pi.
The possibilities are literally endless
Over the last year, many kids and adults have been testing the limits of the Pi. In September, Primary School children learnt how to program a LEGO WeDo Crocodile, to sense their finger and bite it. Toy Maker Conor O’Neill proved that cheese can control an RC toy car. Who would have known?