An intriguing concept intended to increase interest in computer programming from an early age.
Designed in the UK, The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer board that plugs into a TV and a keyboard. It’s a miniature ARM-based PC which can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays High-Definition video and costs only £21.60!
The theory goes that programming knowledge has declined since the good old days of BBCs, Sinclair Spectrums, and Commodore 64s, when kids could experiment by writing programs for their home computers. Students entering computer based university courses now have more experience using spreadsheets and writing web pages due to school curriculum’s. Not much use when you want to create something new from scratch.