Idea: science packs for schools?

Jonas Forsslund jofo02 at
Fri Nov 25 13:53:52 UTC 2016

Hi, Matthias,

In general I like these kinds of ideas. The whole Raspberry Pi concept is
well developed.
What I have been thinking recently however, is that there is perhaps an
overfocus on hardware.
Imagine instead a virtual small computer easily accessed and programmed
from a within
a web browser. It could visualize the memory, step-by-step debugging could
be very
straight-forward etc. I would even use it myself to "once and for all"
understand some
cs concepts i'm still unsure about or know in theory but have not "seen".
such projects are available but I am not aware of any (please tell if you
do know).
A similar but more advanced projects is the course that I
would like to persue at some point.

Some obvious benefits of a software solution include no distribution issue,
environmental concerns,
upgrades and not to mention zero duplication costs.

With this said, if having your own small hardware computer gets the kids
going, that should
of course be great to support for fsfe I think.

Best regads
Jonas Forsslund

2016-11-25 14:32 GMT+01:00 Matthias Kirschner <mk at>:

> I'd like to get some feedback about some ideas floating around my head
> at the moment, and thought that some of you might be able to help here.
> I was talking with some people who would like to fund some concrete Free
> Software activities, focusing on research and education.
> One idea which came up is to support pupils to learn more about how
> computer work, and promote hacking by providing "science packs" with
> small hackable computers, and some modules, sensors etc.
> What do you think about making it easier for pupils to get access to
> such tools. E.g. by having some packs in the libraries or for school
> projects?
> I would be interested what you think about that, as I am not yet sure
> about it.
> If you like it, do you have an idea how you could make sure that
> children who are interested in that are connected around Europe? (E.g.
> in Germany there is something called "Jugend hackt" -- youth is hacking
> -- Is there something similar on a EU level? Or are there other ideas?)
> Thanks for your feedback,
> Matthias
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