The Raspberry Pi 2 was released in 2015 and brings improved speed and processing power to a line of computers first released in 2012. If you don’t have one of these computers and have kids of the right age, you need to seriously consider bringing one. house.
Simply put, the Raspberry Pi can change your child’s life.
You do not trust me? That’s fine, I’ve outlined five reasons why.
It’s LEGO computers
Buying a bare Raspberry Pi board will give your kids a lot of fun, but they’ll be left with an exposed board that could fit in a case. Including case construction in the equation is a good idea and is the foundation of the set which we reviewed in April 2015.
The Kano Kit, available for $100 from kano.me, is for kids. You get a plastic case that clips around the Raspberry Pi Model B+, with a choice of colored cases. The wireless dongle and cables are brightly colored, and the Kano OS (which can be downloaded separately, for free) is designed to keep the user focused on learning to code and create software with tools like Scratch.
The learning experience of building a case is reflected in the OS and firmware, making Kano a great introduction to the Raspberry Pi for kids under 10. If you don’t want to pay for an extra bundle but like the sound of the Kano-flavored operating system, you can download it for free and install it in the usual way.
Automation is coming and it will change everything
You want your children to use computers and understand their importance. Preparing your child for the world of automation and software development not only provides foresight, but helps them move forward by giving them the opportunity to acquire important skills.
In a world where blue-collar jobs are shifting to automation on a daily basis, in a world where robots are slow to perform complex, industrious and dangerous tasks, understanding how these machines work, how to program and repair them is already an important job.
According to current estimates, by 2030 the march of automation will be almost complete. Children born in 2015 will move into the world of domestic and industrial robots. Even with the intention of studying other subjects, knowing the basics of software engineering and computing will be just as useful in everyday life as mathematics.
Raspberry Pi Likes Toys
We’ve already compared the Pi to LEGO, and popular building bricks can be used to build a Raspberry Pi case. You can even buy unofficial LEGO-style cases, while the Pi can be combined with sets to take robotics education to the next level, as demonstrated by the successful BrickPi Kickstarter project, which is available for $169.99.
However, if you prefer to keep things under control, the Pi can be used to control model railroads, as shown in this video: