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.
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.
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.
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.
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.