Shireland student has day at Cambridge University with Raspberry-Pi founder

A Smethwick student celebrating getting four straight A’s at A-level has spent a day at Cambridge University with the inventor of the revolutionary low cost Raspberry-Pi computer.

Eben Upton with Manjot Singh
Eben Upton with Manjot Singh

Manjot Singh, a Shireland Collegiate Academy post-16 student, was overwhelmed to be invited to visit the university by Cambridge alumnus Eben Upton.

The Raspberry-Pi, a tiny low-cost computer is transforming the way that students across the world learn about computer ccience and coding. Eben Upton, with two other founders, came up with the idea in 2006. Now over one million Raspberry-Pi s have been sold around the world.

Shireland has created an innovative Computer Science Pathway to support pupils from Year 5 to Post 16 and incorporates a variety of coding software and devices such as Raspberry-Pi.

Kirsty Tonks, Director of e-learning at Shireland, said: "The idea with our Pathway is to get pupils interested in what goes on behind some of the technology we now take for granted in our everyday lives.

“We have real shortage of students taking Computer Science at Universities across the UK and yet it is a field where there is a real prospect for employment. We want to support our students to be able to take full advantage of this opportunity if they want to.”

Manjot is now considering either Cambridge or Oxford for a future in medicine.