Calling aspiring computer programmers of all ages
Find out more about our new Raspberry Pi competition, where the winners of each of the four categories will receive £1000. >
Last year, our Raspberry Pi Competition challenged schoolchildren and university students from across the UK to put their technology skills, ingenuity and creativity to the test. You can watch a video of the winning entries above.
Their mission? To use the Raspberry Pi – a low-cost, credit-card-size computer – to make the world a better place.
We were astounded by the quality of the entries we received – from children as young as eight – which included an automated pill dispenser and a system to help elderly or disabled people answer the door. The winners showcased their entries at our awards ceremony to a panel of expert judges – including the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, who later wrote about the competition on the BBC website.
We are delighted to announce the PA Raspberry Pi Competition for 2013/14!
To create your project, you can use a Raspberry Pi as well as additional hardware up to the value of £100. The closing date to submit your project is 31 January 2014.
While the format of the competition remains similar, this year we are challenging entrants to use the Raspberry Pi to help the environment.
For inspiration, you may wish to consider some of the winning entries from the last competition:
- An air quality and weather surveillance station made with a Raspberry Pi that takes in information about air quality through attached sensors and uploads it directly to the internet, where it can then be viewed and analysed on a smartphone or tablet.
- A system that 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 competition is open to four categories:
1. Primary school years 4-6: ages 8-11
Entries in this category should be driven by teachers and/or interested parents. Alternatively, Cubs or similar activity clubs can join. Teams should comprise up to seven entrants and at least one adult mentor.
2. Secondary school years 7-11: ages 12-16
Entries in this category can be driven by teachers, interested parents, scout leaders and young enthusiasts. Teams can comprise up to seven entrants and at least one adult mentor.
3. Secondary school years 12-13: ages 16-18
Entries in this category can be submitted either by teams of children or by adults organising activities at schools and after-school clubs. Teams can comprise up to seven entrants and should include at least one member over the age of 18.
4. Higher education – undergraduates
Entries should be submitted by individual teams, not by universities or colleges. Teams can comprise up to two entrants.
All entrants must be based in the UK or Republic of Ireland for the duration of the competition.
Complete the form to the right to find out more about PA's new Raspberry Pi competition. >
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