I have been meaning to pitch this for some time. Other preparation for HtF25 such as our mentor signups and T-shirt printing had kept me busy, but today I realized that the window for Amazon shipping is closing soon.
Background: I'm very pleased with our micro:bit giveaway program. The prize has motivated kids to do more lightning talks, is low-cost, and micro:bit's "batteries included" aspect gives a higher chance seeing future use rather than sitting in a drawer.
I would like to start doing something similar for the Raspberry Pi station. For some history, Enno wrote much on this mailing list about the idea of getting kids a $35 computer. However, that ideal was further from reality back when the first Pi launched in 2012. It was hardly batteries-included considering at a minimum you'd need to add on a power adapter on top of usually requiring a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and associated cables for convenience plus there was no built-in WiFi.
Same deal as we do for the micro:bits: Requires doing a project and giving a lightning talk. I'm thinking to start at eight arbitrarily because it's about half of 15 (number of micro:bits we keep on hand to give away) and more expensive ($26.99 for the Vilros kit). Consider this a trial and depending on how it goes we can then reconsider or adapt for HtF26.