This week over 5,000 free Raspberry Pi computers will leave OCR’s DC10 warehouse, destined for schools, clubs and centres across the country.
These deliveries marked the first phase of an exciting initiative by Google with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in partnership with OCR and five other educational partners (Code Club, Coderdojo, Computing at School, Generating Genius and Teach First) to provide children with the opportunity to learn about and work with the Raspberry Pi.
OCR is distributing the free Pis on behalf of all the partners to schools and organisations which will benefit most from the initiative and, of the first recipients, 118 are schools teaching OCR GCSE Computing.
OCR has developed a support pack to help teachers and students get started 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 page.
One of the first schools to receive their delivery was Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Fulwood, Preston, which teaches OCR’s GCSE Computing. Alan O’Donohoe, Principal Teacher of Computing, was thrilled with their eight free Pis and you can watch him discover the contents of the pack below.
Alan added: “I'm delighted to receive the Raspberry Pis. We are organising a number of free summer code camp activities at the local University in Preston for students, parents and teachers to attend. Our plan is to use the Raspberry Pi computers as the computing platform for our code camp activities which include building games with Scratch, writing a Python fortune cookie program and creating a webpage about themselves."