The first question I’ve got to ask myself is – did I really buy the Raspberry Pi to help my children learn about computers, or was it another tech toy for myself?
It could easily be the latter. I’ll happily spend hours plugging it in, installing things and tinkering around with the innards.
But I want it to be the former. This is hopefully going to be a blog about finding things to do with the Raspberry Pi with my six-year-old son and my three-year-old daughter.
So far, in there absence of leads and an SD card, all we’ve managed to do is open the box, have a good look at the board and plug it in to watch the red LED light up.
Even with those few steps, we’ve achieved quite a lot. I’ve had a go at explaining what the various things on the board do. The chip in the middle is “kind of like the brain”. And the SD card that will go in the holder? “Well, that is kind of like the brain.”
We’ve also started to get used to the idea that a computer is not just plug-in-and-play entertainment box like our Nintendo DS. When you look at the inner workings – which are all that you have with a Raspberry Pi – it is clear that a computer is also a machine, as fascinating as any Transformer or Lego Bionicle.
Next step – get the thing working.