Google CEO Eric Schmidt with school children (credit the Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Google gives 15 000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

Google has donated 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model B computers to school children in the UK.

The grant is part of the internet search giant's Google Giving initiative and aims to get children learning to code in schools.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation, which announced the offering on its blog, said it would be working with Google and UK educational partners CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR to identify how children can benefit from using Raspberry Pis.

"We’re absolutely made up over the news; this is a brilliant way for us to find kids all over the country whose aptitude for computing can now be explored properly," the blog said.

"We believe that access to tools is a fundamental necessity in finding out who you are and what you’re good at.

"We want those tools to be within everybody’s grasp, right from the start."

It added: "We’re incredibly grateful for Google's help in something that we, like them, think is of vital importance.

"We think they deserve an enormous amount of credit for helping some of our future engineers and scientists find a way to a career they’re going to love."

The £22 Raspberry Pi micro computer, which runs on Linux OS, was created by scientists at the University of Cambridge.

The credit card-sized computer has sold more than 1 million units since its launch in early 2012.

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, said: "Britain’s innovators and entrepreneurs have changed the world - the telephone, television and computers were all invented here.

"We've been working to encourage the next generation of computer scientists and we hope this donation of Raspberry Pi’s to British school pupils will help drive a new wave of innovation."

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