4 February 2015

It’s faster, more powerful and has a better memory. I’m actually quite envious of it, to be honest. I wouldn’t mind having a few of these updates myself, but what I’m actually referring to is the new Raspberry Pi – the Pi 2 Model B+

raspberry_pi_v2_300x225There is so much you can do with this amazing piece of kit, from surfing the web and watching videos to learning how to program, and the price is the same as the last model so it’s still affordable.

Personally, I’m a big fan of this technology and the way it opens up programming to kids. Having an auditorium at UKFast has been a great thing, as we’ve been able to work with local schools and host code clubs where children can have a go at app development and programming using a Raspberry Pi.

I always find it interesting (albeit frustrating) when I hear adults describing coding as boring, as it’s not a reaction I’ve ever seen from young people when they’ve just learnt how to control light sockets from a computer or phone, for example. It’s this instant result and tangible proof of their achievement that really gives kids a buzz and gets them excited about the potential of programming.

In my opinion, we need to keep inspiring the young computer scientists of the future, and the Raspberry Pi has a key role to play in this. I’m looking forward to seeing the latest version in action.

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