IF YOU aren’t familiar with the Raspberry Pi, it’s a $35 computer about the size of a credit card.
The Raspberry Pi (photograph by Switched on Tech Design).
Designed and assembled in the UK, the RPi was conceived as an educational tool to bring “real” computer science back into schools.
Rather than simply learning how to be an end-user of computer programs, students would be able to create their own and get a solid background in programming concepts.
Sales in 2012 approached one million units, laying the groundwork for a new generation of making-cool-stuff experts.
Rob Bishop of the Raspberry Pi Foundation was in Toronto in early December, giving talks at OCAD University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, the University of Toronto and York University and attending a hack-hangout where local enthusiasts showed off the things they’d made.
He also gave an interview with the CBC radio show Spark, which you can download and listen to here.
We hope to have Raspberry Pi staff back in Canada in the near future! Until then, order your RPi online and see what you or your kids can create with it.