The Raspberry Pi was born in response to fears about a decline in computer literacy. In 2006, Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory were concerned about the number of children developing programming skills. Instead of controlling a computer, children were being taught to use software or simple web design. In particular, A-level students applying to study computer science at the Lab were demonstrating less and less experience of actual programming. Upton’s solution was to create a computer that was cheap and helped hone programming skills: this was the Raspberry Pi. The same size as a credit card, the device plugged directly into a keyboard and television. This allows it to function in much the same way as a home PC at a fraction of the price. The basic and accessible design also means it can be adapted to a range of different uses: from making robots to simply connecting to the internet.
The aim of the charitable Raspberry Pi Foundation is to distribute to as many schools as possible to create a new generation of computer programmers. This UK technology is helping to reunite children’s’ creativity with coding and computers.
- East Anglia
- University of Cambridge
- Key Individuals
- Eben Upton, Pete Lomas, Jack lang, Rob Mullins, Liz Upton, Alan Mycroft, David Braben,