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Raspberry Pi and CoderDojo — two organizations working to get kids interested in computing at an early age — are going to start working together.

The two groups announced a merger Friday morning, in which Raspberry Pi will become a member of the CoderDojo Foundation. CoderDojo is a global organization based in Dublin that teaches children as young as seven to code, with 1,250 locations (including Seattle) in 69 different countries.

Raspberry Pi is working on similar tech education efforts from the other side with its low-cost computing hardware, giving would-be hackers of all ages a basic computing platform around which to build all sorts of projects. CoderDojo is a platform-neutral organization by design, but the resources of the Raspberry Pi project will certainly be useful.

“With this extra support we will be able to reach and benefit even more young people globally by investing more time in resource development, community supports and growth strategies to make it easier for our volunteers to start and keep running a Dojo in their community,” wrote Giustina Mizzoni, executive director of CoderDojo, in a blog post announcing the news.

Philip Colligan, chief executive of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, will join CoderDojo’s board of directors, and CoderDojo’s co-founders James Whelton and Bill Liao will join the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s board.

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