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BBC to give away mini-computer to every Year 7 Student (Autumn 2015)

Thursday 12th March 2015

Read about it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/make-it-digital

It sounds like a device that is trying to revive the spirit brought about by the BBC Micro in the 1980s, but will it get more people into programming?

Are schools expected to support it? If so, where are the resource/training/time etc. I can see it being used in the home, and perhaps to use alongside interactive TV programs from the BBC that promote code-based projects.

With many computers being able to do what these devices do already, and not everyone interested in technology, will they get more children interested in technology as intended, or just left in the bottom of a drawer, or add to the e-waste mountain?

Given the Raspberry Pi is the UK's best selling computer, perhaps there is something in this. Is it a risk worth taking? The big backers seem to think so.