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Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre aims for education “step-change”
by Paul Hill
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the establishment of the Raspberry Pi Computing Education Research Centre (RPCERC) in collaboration with the University of Cambridge to improve computing and computer science education. The partners’ research will also have a focus on young people from under-represented backgrounds.
The RPCERC will undertake research to find evidence for various teaching methods to decide what works best in the fields of computing and computer science. With the evidence in hand, it will be able to share this knowledge with existing contacts in education so that students can benefit. The Raspberry Pi Foundation believes that it’s uniquely placed to do research and have it put into practice.
Starting out, the RPCERC will look at three broad topics; the teacher-student learning process, self-directed education, and how to remove barriers to computing education such as lack of access to a computer or an internet connection at home. By broadening the focus of the research, RPCERC should be able to get a better picture of where students fall behind in their computing education, it will also expose linkages between the three categories, for example, those with the internet at home may have an easier time doing self-directed learning.
While the RPCERC is based in the UK and expects to run several research projects there, it is open to establishing connections with universities and researchers in other countries, including the United States and India.
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Raspberry Pi publishes new book for computer history buffs
by Paul Hill
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the launch of its latest book The Computers That Made Britain. In this book, author Tim Danton looks at the home computer boom that took place in the UK in the 1980s, covering 19 different computers including the ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, and Commodore 64. In this book, Danton not only tells the stories of these computers but provides insights from the people behind them.
Discussing the book, Raspberry Pi’s Digital Content Manager, Alex Bate, said:
The computers covered in this 300-page book are the Acorn Archimedes, Acorn Electron, Apple II, Apple Macintosh, Amstrad CPC 464, Amstrad PCW 8256, Atari 520ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, Commodore PET 2001, Commodore VIC-20, Dragon 32, IBM Personal Computer (5150), Research Machines 380Z, Sinclair QL, Sinclair ZX80 and ZX81, and the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
The Computers That Made Britain is now available for purchase on the Raspberry Pi Press Store and can be bought in-person from the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge as well as Waterstones. As with all other Raspberry Pi-published books, a PDF version of the book is also available for free from the Wireframe website.
Raspberry Pi's RP2040 goes on sale for just $1
by Paul Hill
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the availability of the RP2040 as a standalone product at just $1 apiece. The chip was designed by Raspberry Pi and made its debut earlier this year with the launch of the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller which also had the low price of just $4.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation describes the RP2040 as the perfect mid-range microcontroller that stands out in three ways; having two fast CPU cores, plenty of RAM, and flexible I/O. The RP2040 comes with two ARM Cortex-M0+ cores clocked at 133 MHz which allows code to run in parallel with hardware supervision and there’s 264KB of RAM so you don’t need to spend time optimising your code.
Discussing the flexible I/O, Chief Executive of Raspberry Pi Trading, Eben Upton, said:
To put the hardware on sale now, Raspberry Pi decided to take 40,000 RP2040 units out of the supply chain to sell as individual units. In the Autumn, many more RP2040’s will be available for purchase but it needs time to clear the Pico backlog and scale up RP2040 production.
If you’d like to get your hands on the RP2040, head over to the product page and hit ‘Buy now'. You will see a list of approved resellers that sell the product. Depending on the reseller, you may only be able to buy the RP2040 in bundles.