Raspberry Pi-based all-in-one computer supports code learning

July 22, 2020 //By Ally Winning
Farnell is now stocking the new pi-top [4] - a new programmable computing solution that is intended to help teach coding and form the basis of practical projects.
Farnell is now stocking the new pi-top [4] - a new programmable computing solution that is intended to help teach coding and form the basis of practical projects.

The new device as been designed to foster the development of key computing and engineering skills including coding and circuit design. It is also useful to teach softer skills such as communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Every pi-top [4] computer includes a Foundation Kit in a metal ‘bento box’. The box has 14 components such as programmable sensors, buttons and LEDs. The all-in-one kit allows users to get up and running immediately to make a start on the basics of coding and physical computing. The device also supports them into the future as they progress onto guided lesson plans in advanced coding, robotics, cybersecurity and AI. The pi-top [4] features a modular design and internal battery for use on-the-go.

pi-top [4] is the first platform that has been endorsed by the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Review board) national examination awarding body for use in the Computer Science curriculum in Great Britain. The computing unit also comes with learning materials include step-by-step ‘how to’ guides on writing code that controls different electronic components. The software suite is bundled on the 8GB SD Card and provides hundreds of hours of project-based learning.

Key features of the pi-top [4] include:

• Processor - Powered by the 1.5GHz quad core Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB of RAM

• Communication – USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Dual 4K HDMI output, 40 GPIO pins and a 128x64 mini screen

• Connectivity – The pi-top can be connected to any monitor or other device including Windows, Apple and Chromebook computers and third-party products such as Arduino and micro:bit. Raspberry Pi GPIO connectivity is included as standard.

• Hardware compatibility – pi-top [4] connects easily with products of similar construction, such as LEGO and Meccano. Users have instant access to thousands of free projects and resources that utilise the Raspberry Pi HAT architecture.

• Software compatibility – The pi-top [4] supports a variety of educational software and apps


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