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Google to provide Raspberry Pis and Arduinos, train teachers for UK schools

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Google has announced a three-year partnership with UK organization Teach First, which aims to increase students' exposure to science and technology by training teachers and providing equipment. Each year 34 teachers will go through a six-week training program, for a total of 102, with the first group due to start working in classrooms this September. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes that the program could help more than 20,000 students from underprivileged backgrounds. The teachers will be provided funds to "purchase of innovative teaching aides to inspire their classes," including the Raspberry Pi computer and Arduino microcontroller. "The success of the BBC Micro in the 1980s shows what's possible," said Schmidt. "There's no reason why Raspberry Pi shouldn't have the same impact, with the right support."