PA's Raspberry Pi competition
Making the difference by inspiring the engineers of the future
In past PA Raspberry Pi competitions, winning entries have included an air quality and weather surveillance station, a robot that helps you with household recycling and a system that allows drivers to locate empty car park spaces in cities and towns.
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2016 COMPETITION WINNERS
Primary school: academic years 4 – 6 Egglescliffe CE Primary School
The winning entry in the primary school category was a competitive game called Colour Smash. This tests and improves people's reflexes and reaction speeds, while also being affordable, easy to replicate and fun to play in a group. Players need to watch the screen for the colour displayed and hit the corresponding colour zone on a large playing board in front of them.
Finalists: Daviot Primary School; St Mary’s CE Primary School
Secondary school: academic years 7 – 11 Wick High School
This team created a robot to improve the spectator experience at rugby games. The robot, which can be controlled by a mobile device, has a camera fitted that live streams video and can be driven onto the pitch to provide pitch side rugby fans with a unique view of a conversion. The robot as well as the camera can be controlled remotely, so both can be adjusted to give a perfect view of the play.
Finalists:Lavant House School; Tanbridge House School
Secondary school/college: academic years 12 – 13 Highgate School
The winning team created a device to record race times and capture photo finishes in an accurate and cost-effective way. The team's invention utilises a camera and an infrared motion sensor to accurately record race times and training splits. The device also has a photo finish function which can send the results of a race or training session, via email, directly to race officials.
Finalists:Riddlesdown Collegiate; Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre
2015 COMPETITION WINNERS
FitDog - William Law CE Primary School
Their project is a robot dog that aims to encourage children to exercise. The dog (his name is Bolt) provides motivation for the child and is programmed with the following phrases: ‘keep up the pace', ‘keep moving’ and ‘do twenty star jumps!’.
Finalists: Pi n’ Mash, St Mary’s CE Primary School; The Green Pi Team,
Bowmansgreen Primary School
Pi-Scription - The Liverpool Blue Coat School
They have created an automatic prescription dispenser that works using QR codes given to patients by their doctors. The patient simply takes the QR code to the machine which recognises the code and dispenses the required prescription. Their system aims to make the whole process of picking up a prescription hassle free, as the prescription is picked up instantly at the surgery with no need to visit a pharmacy.
Finalists: WHS STEM Club, Wales High School; Lavant Pi, Lavant House School
Revolution Pi - Truro and Penwith College
Revolution Pi is an innovative way to control your computer. Using a small camera situated in an easy-to-mount case, it can track your eye movement and consequently relay this to your computer screen. It allows the user to be able to move the mouse anywhere just by looking. The thinking behind the invention was to allow those without the ability to easily manoeuvre a mouse, such as amputees or those who suffer from rare diseases like motor neurone disease, to be able to communicate effectively with a computer and make use of all the benefits it can offer.
Finalists: Team Collyers, The College of Richard Collyer; Dr Pi, Haileybury
Hamoudy - University of Birmingham
This is a wireless, internet-connected doorbell. When a person rings your doorbell, it can perform various actions such as calling your phone so it can be used as an intercom, texting you, emailing you with a photo of the person who is at your door, tweet you or live stream HD video locally and on YouTube. This invention could be used in care homes when an elderly patient requires assistance from a nurse, or in an ill person’s home, they could contact the nurse directly and quickly for instructions.
Finalists: CHOJO, University of Liverpool; Dreamer, University of Liverpool
2014 COMPETITION WINNERS
Primary school: age 8 – 11 St Mary’s CE Primary School
A team of year 5 students from St Mary’s CE Primary School in Horsham designed a robot that helps you with your household recycling. Their invention scans items and tells you if they can be recycled and, if so, which type of recycling bin you should. Their product is targeted at four to seven-year-old children with the aim of helping them learn about what can be recycled.
Finalists: Mereside Primary School, Norton Community Primary School
Secondary school: age 11 – 16 Frome Community College
A team from Frome Community College designed a system that allows you to care for the plants in your garden, looking after your own environment. The Plant Pi allows users to monitor the environment around a plant over a web server using the Raspberry Pi. The system includes sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, light intensity, rain and soil moisture. So, from anywhere in the world, as long as you are connected to the internet, you can monitor your plants and simply press a button to water them.
Finalists: Richard Lander School, Tanbridge House School, Highgate School
Secondary school: age 16 – 18 Newcastle College - Digital Skills Academy
A group of students from Newcastle College came up with a great way of using a Raspberry Pi to detect the likelihood of forest fires occurring. They attached moisture and humidity sensors to their Raspberry Pi and designed a program that sends all of the readings to a website. Also, should the recordings dip below certain levels, an automatic email is sent to the local authorities to make them aware that their readings are showing environmental conditions that could lead to a forest fire.
Finalists: Haileybury, St Mary’s Cambridge
Undergraduates: University of Exeter
Two students from the University of Exeter invented a system that allows drivers to locate empty car park spaces in cities and towns. The idea behind the invention is to reduce high levels of damaging emissions caused by cars idling and making extended journeys around city and town centres looking for a parking space. Their solution, PiPark, uses a Raspberry Pi with a camera attachment. Periodically the PiPark relays availability information to a central server, which stores and presents the data on a webpage allowing users to view the location of free spaces.
Finalist: University of Birmingham, Newcastle University
2013 COMPETITION WINNERS
Primary school: age 8 – 11 - The Richard Pate School
A system to help elderly or disabled people answer the door, especially people who have difficulty walking or who walk slowly. This system aims to eliminate that problem by letting them send a message to the person at the door and unlock the door remotely.
Finalists: East Sheen Primary School, Norton Community Primary School
Secondary school: age 12 – 16 Dalriada School
Remembering to take the right number of pills at the right time can be stressful, particularly for those who are elderly or very sick. This automated pill dispenser makes managing medicine easier: the Raspberry Pi connects a pill dispenser and GP, who can programme the administration of the drugs through a website. Correct dosages drop out of the Raspberry Pi controlled pill dispenser at the specified times.
Finalists: Haileybury School, Highgate School, Roedean School, Bedford Prep School
Secondary school: age 16 – 18 - Westminster School
This weather surveillance device allows you to use the Raspberry Pi to monitor air quality. Living in a city and worried about the air you breathe? The Raspberry Pi will take in information about air quality through the attached sensors and upload it directly to the internet, where it can then be viewed on a smartphone or tablet. This device can measure temperature, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Finalists: Dulwich College, Haileybury School
Open category: UNOP
This system enables home owners to monitor the electricity consumption of their home. The electricity-consumption logging system was based on the communication protocol of an off-the-shelf wireless electricity monitor. The Raspberry Pi was a great choice for the host machine as its electricity consumption is negligible.
Finalist: Penguin Tutor
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