PA’s 2016-2017 Raspberry Pi competition
Now in its fifth successful year, we are challenging entrants to invent under the theme of ‘Innovation for All’.
The aim of this year’s competition is to produce innovations that will improve the lives of people who have conditions that limit their ability to do things the rest of us take for granted. Inventions could range from technology which helps athletes win a medal in the Paralympics, aids visual impairment or learning difficulties, to those which uses music therapy to help mental health.
We believe this initiative will drive great innovations – from helping people with physical impairments to operate everyday IT and computers, to inventing wearable technology to enable better learning.
Our Raspberry Pi competition is a core part of our ongoing work to make the difference for young people. The competition gives teams of students as young as eight the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of computer programming and engineering – valuable skills which have been declining in the UK in recent years.
The competition includes the following categories:
- PA’s Primary School Award: academic years 4-6
- PA’s Secondary School Award: academic years 7-11
- PA’s Sixth Form and College Award: academic years 12-13
What do entrants get for winning?
- The winners of each category will receive £1,000
Over 50 young people from seven schools recently descended on the Tech Deck and Education Centre at Land Rover BAR’s base in Portsmouth, the British team challenging for the 35th America’s Cup.
The event was organised by PA and the 1851 Trust, Land Rover BAR’s charity aiming to empower young people in STEM activities, to bring entrants of PA’s Raspberry Pi competition a fun-packed STEM and coding day.
At the start of the day, Edward Hawthorne, one of Land Rover BAR’s design innovators, gave a talk to the students about his job as a systems engineer and how innovation is at the core of everything Land Rover BAR does.
Students were then split into two groups. Each group explored the Tech Deck and Education Centre which has been designed to introduce young people to the technology and innovation behind the design and equipment used by Land Rover BAR. They then took part in a coding lesson facilitated by PA Technology experts, Matt Lees and Henry Wilkes, which gave students an introduction on the benefits of coding, how to code and tips for their Raspberry Pi competition entries.
Abigail McCarthy, from King Edwards VI School said: “I found everything really engaging and interesting and it’s really instigated my inspiration for engineering. I always thought that sailing and coding had to be two separate passions – but today’s event has helped me realise that they can be connected.”
Thank you to everyone that came along!
We’ve created an exciting hub full of useful resources and videos to help you along the competition journey.
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Download your free resources here.
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.
See videos of the innovations from previous competitions below.
Find out more about our previous competitions here.
“Raspberry Pi competition at the Science Museum”
Read the full article on BBC Make it Digital
“PA Consulting Raspberry Pi 2015 winners announced”
Read the full article on Computer Weekly
“Schools Raspberry Pi competition reveals future talent”
Read the full article on Electronics Weekly
“Raspberry Pi competition: Robot dog unlocks potential of pocket-sized computer”
Read the full article on International Business Times
“4 teams win PA Raspberry Pi coding competition”
Read the full article on Consultancy UK
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