A Handheld Computer for $45
The Raspberry Pi is a $45 computer you can hold in your hand. It's the size of a credit card, and was expressly designed for teaching and learning. You can use it to teach programming, but it’s also literally open, so students can do things like attach LEDs, sensors, and even motors, and control them with code. Students can use the Raspberry Pi with external parts to make things go!
The Raspberry Pi is different from microcontrollers like the Arduino; it is a full scale computer in a tiny package. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B with 4 GB of memory can handle tasks that formerly required desktop computers or Chromebooks.
The College of Computing and Software Engineering (CCSE) offers several Raspberry Pi Teacher Workshops each year. Teachers complete a "guided experimentation" project with a Raspberry Pi, then design and complete a project of their own. Finally, they work with others to complete a group project of their own design.
Workshop participants take away a teacher kit containing a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, case, power supply, and parts pack to use in their classrooms. The workshops are offered free of charge to qualified teachers. We are able to offer these workshops free because of grants and some generous contributions by individual donors. (If you would like to support this effort, we would welcome your donation.)