element14 has today announced the arrival of its first batch of Raspberry Pi computers. To celebrate this, Raspberry Pi’s founder Eben Upton held a one-to-one masterclass with a group of teenage students to showcase how the ground-breaking credit card sized computer works.

The company have today started sending out the computers to the first UK-based customers with more being sent out early next week.

Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, commented: “This is a really exciting time as we get ready to start to send out the first batch of Raspberry Pi’s. I am really pleased today to have taken these youngsters through how simple it is to use the Raspberry Pi and I can only hope that they will get hooked on it and become the programmers of tomorrow. With all the advice and support available on the element14 Community they should not be shy of trying new things, making mistakes and looking for help.”

Chris Haworth, President of CPC, a Premier Farnell company, which provided the equipment for today’s masterclass said: “The amount of interest and buzz the Raspberry Pi has generated all over the world is immense. We are delighted that the first batch has arrived today and delivered to us by none other than Eben himself. The most important thing now is to get the Raspberry Pi out to customers and we have started doing that this afternoon.”

There has been huge anticipation of the arrival of the Raspberry Pi and the youngsters will have a chance to see how simple it is to program with the mini computer. The possibilities of what can be done on a Raspberry Pi are only limited by the imagination. Eben talked through the simple set up procedure, running the boot up script, use the script editor and begin to create applications using the Python scripts that are pre-supplied with the software download.
All the youngsters who attended today’s exclusive event were given a Raspberry Pi by Eben Upton and CPC provided a pack of a screen, cables and connections needed to get up and running as soon as they get home.

Since the global distribution deal that was announced on Feb 29, the element14 Community has been supporting conversations, debate and sharing of knowledge and information from the flood of enthusiastic developers and first-time programmers keen to get the most from their Raspberry Pi.

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