The Raspberry Pi Foundation - originator of the low cost, credit-card sized computer that is taking the world by storm - has today launched a £1 million education fund.
Raspberry Pi launches £1 million education fund
It says:"Thanks to the support of the community over the past two years through buying Raspberry Pis and building inspiring, innovative projects, we’ve been able to build up a bag of funds to spend on our education mission.
"This fund is in support of our core charitable mission, so we are looking to fund innovative and exciting projects that enhance understanding of and education in computing for children aged between five and 18. The fund does not exclusively target Computing as a subject; we are also interested in supporting projects that demonstrate and promote the use of computing technology in other subjects, particularly STEM and the creative arts.
"Our aim is to support a range of projects: from those that increase participation, to those that target excellence. Given our charitable status, priority will be given to organisations that have a not-for-profit ethos. The fund will operate through match funding, so not only are we wanting to hear from people with potential projects ideas; we are also wanting to hear from industry and third-sector partners who’d be interested in co-funding some of the projects."
The Foundation intends to offer two rounds of opportunity during 2014, where prospective applicants will be invited to make a submission. The first opportunity to make an application will be announced in early May and close approximately five weeks later. The fund is global, so applications are invited in English from anywhere in the world.
Find out more about the fund, how it will operate and how to make an application here:
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.