MISSION, TEXAS (April 30, 2015) — In an effort to stay on top of the latest technologies and programming languages, Code the Town will now be offering Python classes using Raspberry Pi 2 Model B to students from the Mission community in the summer and fall. Python is a widely used general-purpose, high-level programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability, and its syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. The language provides constructs intended to enable clear programs on both a small and large scale.
The Python Software Foundation (PSF), a non-profit membership organization, devoted to advancing open source technology related to the Python programming language, has awarded a $3,000 grant to Code the Town. The mission of the Python Software Foundation is to promote, protect, and advance the Python programming language, and to support and facilitate the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers.
The grant will be used to purchase several Raspberry Pi 2 Model B computers to teach the Python language to Mission students in K-12 with a goal of teaching at least 60 students by the end of fall. The Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charitable organization registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. The Foundation aims to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.
“Python is a powerful language used by sites like YouTube and Dropbox,” Mission EDC COO Daniel Silva said. “If we are to remain relevant and competitive in the 21st century, we must better understand these new languages and skills to master the technology, which affects our everyday lives.”