Equipment & Infrastructure

The Raspberry Pi

The INITIC computer labs are equipped with Raspberry Pi "nano-computers": computers that are barely larger than a credit card.. 

The Raspberry Pi is a complete computer, designed in England specifically for education and to stimulate the discovery of programming and electronics. 

Its very reasonable cost – about € 35 –, its simplicity linked to very high integration and its low power consumption, along with performances that are perfectly sufficient to introduce young users to a wide range of applications, make it meet all essential requirements for the discovery of ICT at school; even more so in schools where resources are scarce.

Its maintenance does not require significant technical skills, as causes for failures are greatly reduced in comparison with more complex "conventional" computers.
Where needed, it is possible to replace any one of its accessories without calling on a maintenance technician.

A workstation, in an INITIC computer lab, is made of:
- a Raspberry Pi,
- a case to protect it,
- a power supply similar to a mobile phone charger,
- a micro-SD card (instead of a hard drive),
... and a few cables.

Plus, of course, a screen, a keyboard and a mouse...
A Raspberry Pi workstation.
The Raspberry Pi 3 - A complete computer.
The Raspberry Pi in a protective case.

The "Raspberry Pi" computer lab

An INITIC computer lab is equipped with 20 to 25 workstations, powered through recent electrical wiring that meets sufficient quality standards to ensure the safety of users and the safety of the infrastructure; all connected through a local area network.

A small server allows file storage and file sharing, and is equipped with a local web server that provides access to applications such as Moodle and WordPress, as well as a Kiwix server that gives access to a local set of resources such as dictionaries, a few hundred videos, a few thousand books, and the entirety of Wikipedia in several languages… 

A few accessories complete the setup: a whiteboard, a video projector and a projection screen, a printer, and a few scanners.  

Appropriate furniture – stable and sturdy tables, comfortable chairs or stools – is essential to ensure the safety of the equipment and the comfort of user. 

Kpalimé: Last check up before the
first training sessions.

Recent and safe electrical wiring.
Kuma Adamé: 21 "Raspberry Pi" workstations.

In a school environment, using older, second hand computers that were "retired" in Europe or elsewhere often leads to higher power consumption and to expensive maintenance due to lack of replacement parts or to their excessive cost, and to the absence of qualified technicians.