From the Foundation's original manifesto:
The Raspberry Pi Foundation exists to promote the study of Computer Science and
related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning
Over the last decade, universities have experienced a steep decline in both the
quantity and quality of applicants to Computer Science and Engineering courses.
In the case of the University of Cambridge applicant numbers have fallen by 60% and web page design has replaced assembly language programming in the typical applicant's skill set. MIT reports a similar fall in numbers. We believe this lack of skill will have disastrous consequences for the UK and the wider world, and lead to the creation of a two tier society, of those with and without computer skills. These vital skills are being lost from schools and industry, leading to a generation of mere computer users without the knowledge or understanding of what goes on under the hood, passive
consumers incapable of challenging the data collection and manipulation of
those who can.
A significant contributor to this has been the dearth of programmable hardware
for children; modern PCs and games console are harder to develop software for
than 1980s home computers such as the BBC Micro, Apple II and TRS-80. Raspberry Pi intends to fill this gap by developing, manufacturing and distributing an ultra-low cost programmable computer system and support materials.
The system should be cheap enough, in the first instance, that units could be
distributed to participants by Universities and the like in open days and
outreach programs, providing high-school students with an opportunity to
develop programming skills prior to applying to the University. If it proves
popular, the hope is to roll the scheme out more widely within the UK and wider
educational community, and eventually overseas as well.
- Events and demand have moved much faster than our wildest dreams
- Google insights demonstrate the interest
http://www.google.com/insights.....038; ... 038;cmpt=q
Trustee and Secretary
Raspberry Pi Foundation