This is the latest piece of tech my husband is super excited about, and for good reason.
They describe it best on their site:
The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work. -- www.raspberrypi.org
It is great for anyone who wants to tinker with hardware. Adult or child! Wonderful way to introduce engineering in a real way to young minds.
Learn more at www.raspberrypi.org
Also available on Amazon: Raspberry Pi Kits and Components
If you want guidance on what to start with, my husband recommends the Raspberry Pi 2 (1GB) Ultimate Starter Kit (~$85).