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Over the past two weeks, more than one thousand free Raspberry Pi mini computers were delivered to schools, academies and colleges across the country by OCR.
The deliveries marked the second phase of an exciting initiative by Google in partnership with OCR, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and five other educational partners. The initiative will ultimately see 15,000 Raspberry Pis handed out to schools, colleges and programming clubs, giving children the opportunity to learn about and work with the Raspberry Pi.
Two hundred and seventy schools and clubs have benefited from the second phase of the project, giving even more young people the opportunity to work with the Pi and expand their computing skills. The criteria used to select who should receive free Pis included:
OCR has been hugely encouraged from the feedback of schools who received Pis in the first phase of the project earlier this year. There have been some fantastic, innovative projects to engage with children and embed computational thinking.
Jon Bridgeman of Finham Park School, where they teach OCR’s GCSE in Computing, tweeted: “We’ve had some lovely presents from @OCRexams this morning. Cue some super excited Year 8 boys!”
The free Pis are accompanied by a useful support pack to help teachers and students get to grips with their new Raspberry Pis. It includes a ‘Getting Started’ tutorial booklet with an introduction to using the computer, plus links to a variety of OCR resources which map directly to the curriculum, all available on a pre-loaded SD card. Access to all of these resources, including popular recipe cards and classroom challenges, can be found on the computing pages.