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Boreatton scouts' Raspberry Pi robot and headset
Ben Thomas, also 12, is another member of the robotics team. Here he is pictured wearing the brainwave-reading headset.
Ben, a keen gamer, seemed most excited by the team's work on creating games using the Scratch GUI programming environment. "It's good — when you're playing on it you're kind of, 'This is cool'," he said.
Herbert noted that the kids would be much less enthusiastic if they bought such a basic game, but that the reaction is different when they are involved. "Because they've written them themselves they play for hours, finding where it goes wrong and what they need to do to make it work better," Herbert said.
According to Ben, the Raspberry Pi "gives you an idea of what's in a computer and how amazing they are, how they can make a computer this small".
Claire, too, said she has learned a lot from playing with the device.
"When you work with computers at school, you don't really learn much about what's inside. With the Raspberry Pi you can see what's going on and you've got a lot more to learn," she said. "It's probably more fun than working with normal computers. It made me respect people who work with computers."
Image credit: Alan Herbert; photos used with permission
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