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Google grant gifts 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

ZDNet - A grant from Google is to fund 15,000 free Raspberry Pi devices for UK schools, to help foster the next generation of computer scientists.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation hopes donating credit card-sized microcomputers, which normally cost $35, will encourage schoolchildren to take up coding.

The grant was announced at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge on Tuesday, where Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton gave students a programming lesson. 

"We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK," Upton said in a statement. "We believe that this can turnaround the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to read Computer Science at university."