With most countries still going in and out of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, millions are stuck home looking for ways to pass the time. Raspberry Pi kits are a great way for both children and adults to learn about coding.
Raspberry Pi kits — which generally come with electronic components that can be transformed from a simple monitor or LCD into a working PC — were first created in the UK in 2012. The Raspberry Pi Foundation wanted a way to teach computer science in schools, and since then, more than 30 million Raspberry Pi boards have been sold.
They are now very popular among computer scientists and children trying to learn programming languages like Python and Java.
An average Raspberry Pi has a microcomputer board about the size of a credit card that comes with a keyboard, mouse, monitor ports, RAM, and a processor.
The latest version of the Raspberry Pi board to be released is the Raspberry Pi 4 — and that was the most popular in 2021. The Raspberry Pi 4 was released as a revision of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. Many come with memory cards of varying sizes, with some carrying MicroSD cards of 16GB or more.
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Often the operating systems come loaded onto your microSD card, but it is also fairly simple to install an operating system yourself. What makes Raspberry Pi kits fun is that there is no standard — each one is different in its own way and depends completely on the preferences of the builder.
Many kits for sale by retailers are tailored to specific markets of people interested in Raspberry Pi kits for certain tasks. The computers built using Raspberry Pi kits run on a Linux-based OS system that is the Raspberry Pi OS.
Here are the best Raspberry Pi Kits in 2022.