SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has kicked some cash into the Raspberry Pi Foundation that will let it give its computers to some 15,000 school children.
The award has been made possible thanks to a donation from Google Giving, and Google hopes that turning loose so many Raspberry Pi computers into the wild will encourage and excite more children about programming.
The partnership between Google and the Raspberry Pi Foundation was announced today at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge. Students there were given a lesson in coding from none others than Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton and Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
"We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK," said Upton. "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."
The foundation and Google will work together in encouraging use among students and teachers. They said that they plan to work together with half a dozen educational partners, these being Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Coderdojo, Teach First and OCR.
Those outfits will all get some Raspberry Pi computers to dish out, while the latter, OCR will provide supporting teaching literature to accompany them.
Schmidt, who more recently was touring North Korea, lauded the foundation, its product and its possibilities.
"Britain's innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world - the telephone, television and computers were all invented here," he said.
"We've been working to encourage the next generation of computer scientists and we hope this donation of Raspberry Pi's to British school pupils will help drive a new wave of innovation."
It is reckoned, though not quite confirmed, that there are one million Raspberry Pi computers out there in people's hands. µ