Google Chairman Eric Schmidt wants to help Britain get its computer science curriculum in order, and he thinks that the $35 Raspberry Pi computer can help.
"The success of the BBC Micro in the 1980s shows what's possible," Schmidt said Wednesday during a talk at London's Science Museum called "Why Science Matters." "There's no reason why Raspberry Pi shouldn't have the same impact, with the right support."
Schmidt's shout-out to the bare-bones computer that is about the size of a credit card, and the price of a textbook, came right after he announced that Google would be sponsoring the charity Teach First in a project to take more than 100 "exceptional" graduates in the computer science field and prepare them to teach in secondary schools.
"Only 2% of Google engineers say they weren't exposed to computer science in high school," Schmidt said. "While not every child is going to become a programmer, those with aptitude shouldn't be denied the chance."