Google's Schmidt pledges Arduino and Raspberry Pi teaching kits

Google is to provide more than a hundred trainee computer science teachers in the UK with Arduino or Raspberry Pi kits as teaching aids,

Speaking at London's Science Museum, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said his company will equip more than a hundred trainee computer science teachers in the UK with Google Arduino or Raspberry Pi kits as teaching aids. He noted how computer science education was essential to the development of engineering skills. Google has already given funding to a charity called Teach First, which recruits exceptional graduates to train as teachers, and it will now give them kit as well.

"To ensure they aren't held back by a lack of equipment, we'll also provide each computer science recruit with a small bursary to purchase teaching aids, such as Raspberry Pis or Google Arduino starter kits," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said there was "no reason" why Raspberry Pi, a $45 educational Linux computer that has seen high demand since its launch earlier this year, could not "have the same impact" as the BBC Micro did in the 1980s, as long as the project enjoys the right support.

For more on this story, read Google funds Raspberry Pis, Arduinos for UK teachers on ZDNet UK.

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