Computer the size of a credit card will draw hundreds to Saturday’s Raspberry Jam at USU

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<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>A small hobbyist computer called the Raspberry Pi, about the size of a credit card, is expected to bring together a crowd of 200-300 on the Utah State University campus Saturday for “Raspberry Jam”, an educational event for electronics enthusiasts interested in the single board computer.  </span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>The first Cache Valley Raspberry Jam is Saturday, 2-5 pm, in room 101 of  the USU Engineering Building.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“Raspberry Pi is a small computer created and sold by the Raspberry Pi Foundation,” said Cody Erekson, one of the Saturday event’s organizers. “The Foundation is a non-profit focused on STEM education. They are designed and determined to teach children, and everybody really, how to utilize technology.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“Saturday we are going to introduce people to the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to teach them how to program on it, how to hook it up to electronic components and use it to turn on lights and how to make music with it and do just about anything you can think of.”</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Erekson said despite its small size the Raspberry Pi can do just about anything a full size computer can do. It has a full graphics chip on it, it includes HDMI out, in order to plug it right into a TV, it has USB to plug in a mouse and a keyboard and it is powered by a cellphone power cord.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Erekson, a senior software engineer at UK2 group of Providence, and John Pope, a programmer at USU, were part of a local group that met in Logan in August with Ben Nuttall, a member of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s education team.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“He traveled here from Cambridge, UK, and gave a presentation on the qualities of this little computer. He encouraged us to host a Raspberry Jam so that we could better inform our community of the fantastic learning opportunities that come from such simple devices as these.”</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>The foundation’s strict rule is that they will never sell the computer for more than $35 and they will only upgrade it when the technology allows them to do that and keep it in that price range. They sell them in order to fund the non-profit side of their organization.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“Saturday we’re not going to focus just on the Raspberry Pi, but on any sort of technology. We want this to be the beginning of the community getting together regularly to share what any of us know about technology and the sciences,” said Erekson.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Everyone is invited to attend the Saturday event, no registration is required.</span></p>

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