In the 3 years since it was first released, the Raspberry Pi has caused a revolution in Technology education as well as in the hobbyist, maker and even casual home user market. Junior Tech Academy makes extensive use of the Raspberry Pi computer in its classes. Why?
- Because they are small and can easily be stashed away behind a monitor,
- Because they are powerful enough to run a wide range of applications, including web browsers and video players,
- Because they come pre-packaged with excellent software, such as programming languages (Java, Python, Scratch), Mathematical software (Wolfram’s Mathematica) and many other Open Source titles,
- Because they allow students to easily bridge the gap between the virtual “inside the computer’s memory” technology with the tangible “on a breadboard” electronics world,
- Because they are cheap to purchase and maintain, and are hence less of a liability should something happen in the course of experimentation.
They are used in drones, as set-top tv boxes, as Smart Home sensors, and of course as classroom appliances. So it is only logical that tomorrow’s engineers and innovators get taught using the one device that started it all, the Raspberry Pi.
Popular Science has a short interview with Eben Upton, inventor of the Raspberry Pi, on its website, titled “How The Raspberry Pi Sparked A Maker Revolution”. I recommend this article for some quick insights into the reasons behind the Raspberry Pi’s success. And if you want to purchase one, Microcenter sells the Raspberry Pi 2 B in store at their Mosteller Road location in Sharonville. Students at Junior Tech Academy will soon be able to buy a special Raspberry Pi bundle including Snap Circuits electronics components.