Wolfram and the Raspberry Pi Foundation Collaborate on Free Access to Educational Project Materials
April 9, 2019 — Alec Titterton , CBM Content Development Manager
Wolfram Research is pleased to announce further collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation as part of supporting makers across the world through education. A collection of 10 Wolfram Language projects has been launched on the foundation’s projects site. These projects range from creating weather dashboards to building machine learning classifiers to using AI for facial recognition. The goal is to put the power of computational intelligence into the hands of anyone who wants access—democratizing the skills that will increasingly be needed to innovate and discover what is possible with modern computation.
By providing easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorials that result in a finished, functioning piece of software, Wolfram aims to lower the barrier of entry for those who wish to get immediately started programming, building and making. Projects can be completely built on the Raspberry Pi or within a web browser in the Wolfram Cloud.
Building the Computational Future
Since 2013, the Wolfram Language and Mathematica have been freely available on the Raspberry Pi system as part of NOOBS. Stephen Wolfram wrote in his announcement of the collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, “I’m a great believer in the importance of programming as a central component of education.” And over five years later, there is indeed increasing demand in the labor force for technical programming skills—part of why Wolfram continues to push computational thinking as a primary means, method and framework for preparing individuals for success in the future of work.
The Wolfram Language is particularly well suited for this mission, as its high-level symbolic nature and linguistic capabilities not only tell machines precisely what to do, but can also be easily read by nontechnical people—the world’s first and only true computational communication language understandable by both humans and AI.
“These projects provide a fantastic opportunity for code clubs around the world to step into the power of using the Wolfram Language to springboard their computational thinking skills’ development,” says Jon McLoone, cofounder of Computer-Based Math™ (CBM).
The first of these project materials will be available this week, with more planned throughout the year. It will be interesting and exciting to see what people build with the Wolfram Language and Raspberry Pi.