Google and Raspberry Pi have this week announced that they will be joining forces to bring 15,000 Raspberry Pi mini PCs to schools, thorough the UK.
The announcement was made at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge, where Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton were giving a coding lessons to children.
The new initiative by Raspberry Pi and Google is to help bring back computer programming to schools within the UK. Over the past ten years, the number of students studying computer science in the UK has dropped by 23% at undergraduate level and by 34% at graduate level. Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton explained :
“We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK,”-”We believe that this can turn around the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to read computer science at university.”
It was also announced that Google is also sponsoring ICT teacher training via a scheme in conjunction with the Teach First charity.