Google's Schmidt pledges Arduino and Raspberry Pi teaching kits

Google's Schmidt pledges Arduino and Raspberry Pi teaching kits

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

TOPICS: Google

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.

Topic: Google

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  • For once, I agree with Schmidtty that this is a good decision

    Give kids more technical, hands-on contact with computers and electronics. Schools aren't doing enough of this. Computers have fundamentally changed the way people socially interact, do business, and live, so I don't like the whole idea that "the computer is just a tool". It isn't.

    So give kids some education on how the thing works. I think this is at least as important as learning auto-shop to understand how a car works. It's not enough for someone to just learn an application on a computer anymore. Being proficient on how to at least diagnose a problem with a complex piece of machinery will make them understand why someone might be overcharging them when they take it into a shop to get repaired. It's a valuable life skill.

    Oh, and get the kids some Gadgeteer kits too! That stuff is awesome!
    • I agree to

      From what I understand, the money Google will give will be either a bursary or non repayable grant to the teacher, who will be able to buy what they like with them.

      I personally would like to see other technology companies get behind Google and at least match google level of funding.