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Seventy Children Learn From Raspberry Pi, ARM & Google at Coding Extravaganza

ARM Raspberry Pi Coding

Published: 18th June 2014.

Experts from Cambridge technology heavyweights Raspberry Pi Foundation and ARM were on hand at a computing extravaganza.

About 70 children from 11 primary schools were at the Centre for Computing History’s first coding marathon to help prepare pupils as the skill becomes a compulsory part of the curriculum in schools from September.

And they did not go home empty-handed, with Google giving them each a free Raspberry Pi device, a credit card sized computer that was developed in Cambridge.

Lance Howarth, chief executive of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: “It was so encouraging to see so many young people sharing and enthusing about computing and the code they were creating,”

“In a world where technology plays an increasing part of our daily lives, we feel it’s vitally important for all our children not only to be competent users of technology, but also to have an appreciation of how computers work.

“With the introduction of the new national computing curriculum in September of this year the event was a great opportunity to talk to parents and teachers to help build their confidence.”

The primary schools taking part were Over, Histon and Impington Junior, Oakington, Fen Drayton, Swavesey, Cottenham, Swaffham Bulbeck, Orchard Park, St Luke’s, Girton Glebe and Hatton Park.

The children tried out coding programmes including Scratch, Python, Sonic Pi, Minecraft and BASIC on Raspberry Pis, as well as historic machines from the 1980s.

Founded in Cambridge last year, the Centre for Computing history in Coldhams Lane aims to increase understanding of developments in computing over the past 50 years through exploring the social, cultural and historical impact of the information age. It is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 5pm.

Source: Cambridge News 



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