• The 512MB Model B+ Raspberry Pi Mainboard with MicroSD
• Improved functionality and board layout over the original Model B
• Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080P
• 40pin extended GPIO to really enhance your projects to the next level
• New Micro SD card slot for storing information and operating systems
• Comes with 8GB pre programmed NOOBS MicroSD
• Four USB ports and an RJ45 10/100 network socket add connectivity with many external devices
• CSI Camera Port to connect your Raspberry Pi Camera
• DSI Display Port to connect directly your touch screen display
• To help you learn computer programming Python and Scratch programming languages are included with the operating systemWhat is it?
The Raspberry Pi Foundation developed this device to encourage children to learn to tinker with computing, both in software (there's plenty of free material available for the Pi to help you learn more about programming, whether you're a total beginner or already pretty experienced), and in hardware. This version of the Model B, the Model B+, has been enhanced for the programmer, the Video out socket has been removed and replaced with extra USB ports and the SD slot has been made smaller to take Micro SD cards and the overall component layout has been changed. These subtle changes mean 40 GPIO pins are now available instead of the original 26 pins giving scope to have more complicated projects connected directly to you Pi board. Its still got the same RAM and CPU which means software you've written on the Model B will still work on the Model B+ and the original operating systems are compatible. Its just been enhanced for the programmer!
There are various programming languages to choose from if you want to try the Pi; but the main ones you'll hear about are Python and Scratch. If you use the Official Foundation OS software then these programming languages are included.
Scratch is brilliant for children, and is most likely the very same 'language' that your children will learn first at school. Developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in America, Scratch is a graphical based language that allows children to build programs using graphical blocks of instructions, which at first sight may look very different to your perception of a programming language. However, underneath the cartoonish feel and the obligatory cat (that's Scratch himself) is a very powerful drag and drop language that can be used to build games, utilities, movies and lots more.
This version comes supplied with a micro SD card pre-loaded with NOOBs official Pi software, these gives you an easy way to set up the Pi and start experimenting. The Links below will give you more information on downloading the latest version of software along with how to prepare your SD card with other operating systems
To download the latest software for your Pi or play around with alternative Operating Systems then click here
For instructions on how to install a Raspberry Pi Operating System please read this guide
If you are looking to get started in programming with the Raspberry Pi then Maplin has some great starter kits. These use the Original Mode B (Not the Model B+) but are fantastic kits to give children a solid start into programming and if you want to advance with one of the Mode B+ boards in the future then you can.
Best of all these kits are great VALUE than buying all of the parts separately