The Incredible Raspberry Pi
A computer the size of a credit card, affordable, versatile, and a perfect learning tool.
When I first heard a conversation in our IT department about a raspberry pie, I simply thought they were sharing their favorite desserts. Little did I know, they were actually talking about a credit-card sized computer that was created to encourage young people to learn programming, how to code and do computer programming. After hearing a bit more, I was intrigued, so I did a little research.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was founded in 2009 and is responsible for introducing the world to this pocket-sized PC. The foundation wanted to inspire learning, innovation, and experimentation in all young people regardless of income levels. This small computer costs between $25-$50 which makes it affordable and more accessible.
The Raspberry Pi plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It allows you to create anything from a home media center to a VPN server. There are many websites that show you a step by step guide on how to set up your Raspberry Pi and perform other DIY projects. I am not very technologically savvy nor have I ever even attempted to learn programming but it seems as though I could perhaps figure this thing out… slowly.
One of the most amazing parts about my research was seeing the projects that these small computers have allowed people to imagine and create. Check out the links below to see some extremely interesting examples. Caution: The following articles can spark strong feelings of inadequacy or an extreme desire to purchase a raspberry pi and build something just as awesome.
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