@imigger I believe the device was originally aimed at schools to get kids coding again in computer classes instead of just learning to be office drones - a BBC Micro for today if you will. Totally agree about trades though... can never find an electrician or plumber when you need one. Universities need to stop giving degrees in stupid subjects too - hospitality being a prime example: good going kid, it took 4 years of uni so you can carry food from the kitchen to my table... your parents must be proud. I'll stop there before I go into a full scale rant on the state of the education system!
@Allen1 there has already been one expansion board announced http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/411
a GPIO board for motors, sensors, etc.