Schools from around the country have been thrilled to receive their delivery of free Raspberry Pi computers.
A Google initiative, in partnership with OCR, Raspberry Pi and other educational partners saw OCR deliver more than 5,000 Pis to centres and clubs earlier this month. Ermysted’s Grammar School and Heart of England School were just two of the schools to receive the free credit card-sized computers in the first phase of this initiative.
Daniel Justice, Head of ICT at Ermysted's Grammar School, said: “Thank you for the five Raspberry Pis that you sent to us. One is with our school’s Design Technology department who plan to use them on a Systems and Control course next year. The remaining four are with my A Level computing students who are experimenting with them in preparation for running a KS3 lunch time programming club based around the Pi in September.
“My plan is for the A Level students to teach some basic Linux fundamentals, Python programming and then run projects using add-ons such the camera module. I hope the club will encourage take-up of our popular OCR GCSE Computing course.”
Heart of England School’s Curriculum Leader for ICT and Computing, Joan Fuller, added: “I’m really grateful for our free Raspberry Pis. We will be using them for club work, A Level Computing, KS3 hardware and wherever else we can.”
Remember that OCR has developed a support pack to help you get started with the Raspberry Pi. It includes a ‘Getting Started’ tutorial booklet, plus links to a variety of OCR resources which map directly to the curriculum. Access to all of these resources, including popular recipe cards and classroom challenges, can be found on the Computing page.