Idea: science packs for schools?

Roger Sicart Rams roger.sicart at
Fri Nov 25 14:44:43 UTC 2016

Hello all,

I find this type of initiative very interesting, I'd like to have some
similar educational project when I was in school.

I think the software approach commented by Jonas could be more
affordable, in terms of management, and more cheap too. Said that, the
idea of a kit to hack is really attractive. Perhaps it could be
interesting to propose it as course in schools or online (like on
Coursera or a similar site).

Best regards,

On 11/25/2016 02:53 PM, Jonas Forsslund wrote:
> 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". Maybe
> 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
> Sweden
> 2016-11-25 14:32 GMT+01:00 Matthias Kirschner <mk at
> <mailto: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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