Schools can get a ‘slice of the Pi’

Tony Platten and four students from Bede Academy in Blyth with a Raspberry Pi single board computer.
Tony Platten and four students from Bede Academy in Blyth with a Raspberry Pi single board computer.
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North East philanthropist Tony Platten is helping primary schools across the region to purchase cutting edge Raspberry Pi technology.

They can receive ‘a slice of the Pi’ – with awards of £1,000 or £2,000 from the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation’s Platten Family Fund.

The grants can be used to purchase the specialist equipment, with which they can enhance the computing curriculum and establish out-of-school coding clubs.

Northumberland schools that will benefit from this include Bede Academy in Blyth.

A Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive single board computer developed to promote the teaching of basic computer science.

Mr Platten said: “This is a fantastic, low cost and transformational bit of kit. I want schools and teachers to benefit from it in order that children develop the necessary skills to consider coding and computing as future careers.

“We have found that there is a significant appetite for schools to use Raspberry Pi in their computing curriculum and to establish after-school coding clubs for young people.

“I’m delighted to make this a possibility through this new school grants programme.”

He and wife Anne established the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation in 2014.

All interested schools can visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply-groups and scroll down to the Platten Family Fund section and for more information, they can call Jon Goodwin on 0191 2220945.