The £15 Raspberry Pi computer on BBC Click

By 13th July 2011Journalism

The Raspberry Pi is an entire computer squeezed onto a single circuit board. It’s creators hope it will be so simple that writing programs for it will be child’s play.

Click here to watch my full report on the BBC Click website

UPDATE (13th July 2011)I discuss the Raspberry Pi with Gareth Mitchell on this week’s Click on BBC World Service radio. You can listen online or subscribe to the podcast.

The Raspberry Pi computer is being developed by Elite co-author David Braben in Cambridge. He’s worried about how to inspire the next generation of video game designers now that computer programming is no longer taught in schools.

Peter Price demonstrating the prototype Raspberry Pi computer

A lack of capable computer science graduates is also worrying Eidos president Ian Livingstone. He recently published a report on the subject.

For my BBC Click report I visited Ian Addison, an ICT teacher at St John the Baptist primary school in Hampshire. He’s ignoring the National Curriculum and teaching his pupils to code using 2doityourself and Kudu.

David Braben with his prototype Raspberry Pi computer
David Braben with his prototype Raspberry Pi computer.

The Raspberry Pi is designed to be simple and cheap enough for children to experiment with. It could reignite interest in computer programming. Interest in code reached a peak in the 1980s when schools used the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 and BBC Micro.

A BBC Master micro computer in the BBC Click studio by Peter PriceCommodore 64 computer photographed in the BBC Click studio by Peter Price

My report for “Click” was broadcast on the BBC News channel and BBC World News.

With thanks to Alex Mansfield (BBC Micro), Dave Smith (Spectrum) and Chris Young (Commodore 64) for the loan of their old machines. Their offers of working machines came in response to my plea on Twitter.

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