TINY COMPUTER DESIGNER the Raspberry Pi Foundation is playing its part in Computer Science Week and will give away 2,000 of its computers in time for Christmas.
Hold on, though, the offer is only open to people in the UK under the age of 18, and their associated teachers.
There are a couple of ways to stake a claim on a free Raspberry Pi computer. One of them is getting your school to take part in an Hour of Code during Computer Science week, which is this week. Everyone who participates, up to a maximum of 20 in each school, will get a free Raspberry Pi.
Alternatively Raspberry Pi fans can design a "My Pi Project" poster and send it to the good people at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Raspberry Pi computers will be handed out on a first come, first served basis, and should be out and in the hands of aspiring yoof by the new year.
"Here at Pi Towers we are getting into the festive spirit, and we've been thinking how best to pay back the goodwill our community has shown us over the last year," said Raspberry Pi Foundation spokesperson Liz Upton.
"So, in support of 'Hour of Code' as part of Computer Science Education week, we got together with our friends from Google and we are going to give away Pis for Christmas. At the end of next week we'll take the first thousand Raspberry Pis and start shipping them out on a first come, first served basis, so the Pis should be waiting for you when you come back to school in January."
There are no hard and fast rules on the poster, and all entrants have to do is create a poster that shows off something that could make a nice Raspberry Pi computer project.
"Anything will do," said Upton. "We are just looking to see how imaginative you can be and to learn what you think would be a cool project."
Terms, conditions and addresses are on the Raspberry Pi website. µ
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