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PiZero Education bulk buy ?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:11 pm
by bensimmo
On behalf of Education Establishments; Primary, Senior (and PiJam/CodeClub/Dojo etc.)

Now there is a good suppply chain for the Pi Zero, is there any way for a "small bulk" purchase for such activities
... of course with some checks in place.

I ask, as now the Pi GPIO Expander for x86 RPD setups is out, it makes it a cheap and easy way to use GPIO with these setups now, over the extra cost of the Pi3 an rigging these up in education and clubs. The PiZero is now a viable Educational tool :-D

Re: PiZero Education bulk buy ?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:32 pm
by mikerr
bensimmo wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:11 pm
I ask, as now the Pi GPIO Expander for x86 RPD setups is out, it makes it a cheap and easy way to use GPIO with these setups now, over the extra cost of the Pi3 an rigging these up in education and clubs. The PiZero is now a viable Educational tool :-D
Note the GPIO expander will also work with model A+ , and you can buy as many A+ as you like.

Re: PiZero Education bulk buy ?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:36 pm
by jamesh
We are looking in to ways of providing education bulk packs. Not sure of any timescales though. If/when it happens, I am sure it will be plastered all over the blog!

Re: PiZero Education bulk buy ?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:38 pm
by DougieLawson
mikerr wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:32 pm
Note the GPIO expander will also work with model A+ , and you can buy as many A+ as you like.
At more than twice the price of a ZW with no on-board WiFi (so another £7.50 for that). You get a ZW equivalent (no bluetooth) for £29.50 with an A+ & RPF official dongle (+p&p).

Re: PiZero Education bulk buy ?

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:55 pm
by bensimmo
jamesh wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:36 pm
We are looking in to ways of providing education bulk packs. Not sure of any timescales though. If/when it happens, I am sure it will be plastered all over the blog!
:D
That's ok, lets hope it's the when.



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As for A+ that doesn't meet the ~£5 and a cable attachment cheapness and simplicity of the Pi Zero.
The W is not need as that'll not be used for what is basically a GPIO attchment to an x86 PC.

While I know I can use it (and will a have a play with our A+ & Zero just for fun of course).
It's not quite the same to buy 20 odd of them for a Pi Jam or CodeClub for a example and use the local PC's.
Or even if allowed, give them away to kids to use at home. The people that come to the Jam I go to, do have a PC at home and could easily go home with a Zero and continue their fun. A Zero and a cheap pendrive could even be given out, read to go.
I'm not saying I would or others would. But it does give the possibilty.

So thought I would ask :ugeek: