The Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to promote teaching of computer science in schools. codeOrkney runs sessions for pupils to engage with Raspberry Pi and develop projects that engage and inspire. Raspberry Pi supports the standard curriculum but also extends pupils skills beyond the curriculum to develop the young workforce with ready for work skills.
Orkney's archapeglio of 70 islands and unique geography makes communication a challenge. Increasingly Orkney is used as a test site to make or break the latest technologies. LoRa development is mostly open source so doesn't have big backers; it allows individuals with an idea the chance to build an product that could put a ding in the universe. It costs around £60 to setup a child with the development equipment to start making LoRa devices, we network with STEM ambassadors to provide the skills teaching young people how to use and develop the technology.
Do you think you could sponsor our project and help put development boards into the hands of Orkney's young people? We need help to bulk buy development boards, with your sponsorship we could make this happen.
The ball is officially rolling, MultiTech, a manufacturer of LoRa gateways has kindly supplied us with a MultiTech Conduit® to get our project started. With this donation we can start to get the first students working with LoRa. We still are on the lookout for LoRa boards or funding to support their purchase so if you feel you, or your company, can help then please get in touch. Happy programming!
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