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Coders Of The Future Is Being Created By A $5 Computer

Coders Of The Future Is Being Created By A $5 Computer
Modern life is all entrenched by technology.
But there are many who find it very hard to lay hands on cutting-edge devices which can help them in the development of their skills and knowledge.
With this consideration in mind, the access of such people to computers is being attempted to be broadened by British charity the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The organization is attempting to enhance the programming know-how of the people using the computers.
"The original mission of Raspberry PI was to create a device that would help young people learn how to program," Philip Colligan, the foundation's CEO, said in a television interview this week. "But what we've actually done is created a computer that is used in industry, it's used by hobbyists and grown-ups, but it's also used all over the world in education."
Making use of a computer that is about the size of a credit card, the free operating system Linux is run by the Raspberry Pi. The devices are simply powered by a USB phone charger. There are different models of the device and it requires to be plugged into a mouse, a keyboard and a monitor so that it can be used a s conventional computer.
The applications that is used by the Raspberry Pi is not very different from those that are used by a larger computer device.
"You can do anything with it that you can do with any other computer," Colignan said. "You can surf the internet, you can send emails, you can watch movies on YouTube, but you can also create, make things. You can learn how to program, you can build robots, make weather stations — the opportunities are limitless."

"One of the things we're trying to achieve is to remove price as a barrier to anybody having a high-powered computer," Colignan added. "And that's transformational in education."

Education of young people on computers is among the core aim of the foundation. The opportunity of learning the manner in which technology can be used for the creation of things and how to code is offered to young people between the ages of seven and 17 years through programs such as CoderDojo. The foundation runs more than 1,400 CoderDojos throughout 75 countries, and according to its figures, these programs are attended to more than 40,000 young people on a regular basis.
"We have two networks of after-school and weekend coding clubs — Code Club and CoderDojo," Colignan said. "Altogether, I think we've got something like 13,000 of those across the world now engaging something like 200,000 kids a week."’
He said that the attempt to harness the potential of the young people through such activities and clubs are often yielding impressive results."Last year, we had our big showcase over in Dublin and I met a young girl from Romania who had made a mind-controled robot using a Raspberry Pi." 

Christopher J. Mitchell

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