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Raspberry pi . For an 8 yr old?

My son is showing interest in computers . Enough to be reading about programming in the morning before school.
Is it time for him to build a raspberry pi machine ?
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Let him build his own Pi.

In any case there are some excellent programming environments for kids available on Windows/Mac/Linux without having to go down the Pi route.
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Hmmm interesting.

I quite like the Pi idea. And it also brings hobbyboard
electronics into the mix.

What's the budget? This Pi based system looks pretty cool
but is on the expensive side:

FUZE T2-SE - The FUZEThe FUZE

Also take a look at the Electric Imp and associated
breakout boards. I have one and the way it operates
with its WiFi connection and online development
system is pretty neat.
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Looks good , but a bit expensive before were sure he's really into it . We'll have to see.
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Just noticed they do non BBCMicro cases for "half" the price.


http://www.fuze.co.uk/product/fuze-rpi-b1/
http://www.fuze.co.uk/product/fuze-max-a1/




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Can't fault the Pi for the money, my 12 year old is getting one for Christmas. The really important thing is for it to have a point - I remember doing "computers" at school and thinking it was all very well to turn the screen blue, but there was no point. I only "got it" at Uni when the calculus made my brain melt and I was doing compressor energy recovery simulations in an unholy mixture of Fortran and Excel 3 and absolutely loving it.

The nice thing about the Pi is the ease of physical interfacing, and the fact that there are loads of projects on the web. I've got him a temperature/humidity sensor, and he's going to build a web based sensor for the attic. Also a £5 bluetooth dongle will let him stream music to his boombox (once he installs Squeezebox or similar).
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Hey Cue,

I myself have one and think they're a great little piece of kit.

I got mine from https://www.modmypi.com/

Have a look on there as they do kits with everything included if you wanted all the extras.

I'm studying software engineering at Uni currently and they do help refresh certain lectures whilst adding fun.

Good to know hes getting into it young though!
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I imagine your older than eight but it's worth capturing the enthusiasm my son's got at that age. The requirement seems to be for an hdmi monitor or there are touch screen lcds too. Do they perform the same role, I wonder?
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Oh definately, hopefully he takes his interest all the way!

I have a HDMI monitor, however if you've got an old monitor with a VGA port you could get one of these:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adapter-Lapt.../dp/B0088K7QUQ
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Some primary schools are already providing the kit according to my daughter who teaches year six. Tell your 8 year old to ask at school as to whether they have it, or are intending to get it.
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My boy is content having a password on the computer at school but the raspberry pi would be even better.
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