Google Giving, Google’s non-profit arm that awards technology grants to recipients worthy of their support, is giving away a generous grant to schools in the U.K. In partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Google will be giving away 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs. Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, recently visited Cambridge where he taught kids how to code all morning. Google will be working with the Raspberry Pi Foundation together with six U.K. educational partners to find the kids who will benefit from having their very own Raspberry Pi computer.
The partners include CoderDojo, Code Club, Computing at Schools, Generating Genius, Teach First, and OCR. The move aims to promote computing to kids. “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,” said Liz Upton, a PR officer for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “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.”