The Raspberry Pi is a very affordable credit-card-sized bare-bones computer, designed for use in education. It’s a clever little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.
It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games. It’s also used by digital makers of all ages all over the world in interesting creative projects. See the Raspberry Pi blog for a large selection of projects people have done with the Pi.
Explore the Raspberry Pi with this animation:
How to set up your Raspberry Pi – animation by Saladhouse, voiced by Johnny Ball – for the Raspberry Pi Foundation
Note that there are multiple models of the Raspberry Pi:
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model A
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model B
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+
- Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Due to timing of the exhaustive testing procedure, the Astro Pi flight hardware is based on the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+. However, if you’re buying today you may wish to opt for the newer model, the Raspberry Pi 3, as it is much faster and fully backwards-compatible.