Using Raspberry Pi in Schools
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Developed 3 years ago now, Raspberry Pi has been a pioneer in computer science education. This small, credit-card sized computer board, was designed and built to be used to train newcomers how to navigate the world of CPUs. In fact, depending on the components added, the Raspberry Pi can perform as well as a 1997 Pentium II computer!
With the recent release of Raspberry Pi 2, it’s time to take a deeper look at the impact of this tiny computer, and how it has become a model for STEM education in schools.
How Raspberry Pi Works
Python is the official programming language on Raspberry Pi, and uses a simplified mismatch of coding language and English. Python can be used to help students learn:
- Software development
- System administration
- Web programming
Applications for Computer Science Students
Raspberry Pi mainly targets students in the 8-16 year old range, and helps them learn basic problem solving skills when it comes to fixing and building CPUs and computer programs. Students also use Raspberry Pi to gain an introduction to the world of coding, and how the commands they write have an affect on the functions of the computer.
Raspberry Pi has even been picked up by students interested in gaming, where the small computer can be built to run retro game emulators.
How else do you think schools can utilize Raspberry Pi for Computer Science education?