What is Raspberry Pi?

You may have heard people refer to this in the context of education, and particularly around the computer sciences or robotics, so what is it?

Essentially Raspberry Pi is a firm which produces a range of low cost, single-board and basic computers. These can be purchased for little more than £30, and whilst they won’t set the world alight in terms of functionality or processing power, that isn’t their purpose.

Instead, these are basic systems designed to make areas like computer science and robotics much more accessible, and as such have some very solid educational applications, especially in low-income areas.

Introduced in 2012, the product has far outstripped it’s expected sales and applications. Having sold 15 million units by March 2018, it has become the best-selling British computer and is increasingly seen in schools and educational institutions from primary level upwards owing to the low cost and simplicity.

They can be configured with a variety of stripped-down operating systems and programming applications, allowing the educational focus to be strictly on the core aspects, theory and principles of programming, which is absolutely key; programming languages can be incredibly complex, to the extent that they’re not readily accessible. This offers an excellent, and effective, route in.