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Google Donates 15,000 Raspberry Pi Computers to UK Schools

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Google is donating 15,000 of the cut down computers, the Raspberry Pi to UK schools, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced.

The Foundation, which aims to encourage a new generation of computer programmers with their low-cost devices said that it will work with Google and six UK educational partners to find the kids who they think will benefit from having their very own Raspberry Pi.

CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First and OCR will each be helping to identify those kids, and will also be helping the Foundation to work with them.

Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton said "We're absolutely made up over the news; this is a brilliant way for us to find kids all over the country whose aptitude for computing can now be explored properly. We believe that access to tools is a fundamental necessity in finding out who you are and what you're good at. We want those tools to be within everybody's grasp, right from the start."

"Grants like this show us that companies like Google aren't prepared to wait for government or someone else to fix the problems we're all discussing, but want to help tackle them themselves. We're incredibly grateful for their help in something that we, like them, think is of vital importance. We think they deserve an enormous amount of credit for helping some of our future engineers and scientists find a way to a career they're going to love."

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