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PA's New Raspberry Pi competition

Making the difference by inspiring the engineers of the future

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Making the difference in the world of sport and leisure

Our 2015/2016 competition is now open!

This year we are challenging students to use the Raspberry Pi to drive innovation in sport and leisure. From creating wearable performance-monitoring technology through to developing a crowd-control app for use in stadiums, your imagination really is the limit! 

If you would like to discover more about the competition please register your interest and we will be in touch soon to let you know how to sign up.

Why we run the PA Raspberry Pi competition

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most exciting innovations of recent years. This affordable, credit-card-sized computer aims to inspire the next generation of software and hardware engineers to develop their programming skills and take an active interest in innovating across many industries. Recognising its potential, we launched the PA Raspberry Pi competition – an annual contest that challenges school children and college students to put their programming skills to the test and use the Raspberry Pi to make the world a better place: from innovating to help the environment, to improving health and wellbeing.

The winners of our 2014/15 competition – which included children as young as eight – submitted some truly groundbreaking entries, including:

  • FitDog – a robot dog that encourages children to exercise
  • Pi-Scription – an automatic prescription dispenser that works using QR codes
  • Revolution Pi – a system that tracks the user’s eye movements to control their computer.   

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About the competition

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

PA Raspberry Pi Learning Hub

We’ve created an exciting hub full of useful resources and videos to help you along the competition journey. Join our community here.

Previous competitions

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.

The PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
The PA Raspberry Pi competition 2015
The PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2014
The PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014
The PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2013
The PA Raspberry Pi competition 2013

In the media

"Raspberry Pi competition at the Science Museum"

– Read the full article on BBC Make it Digital 

"Young programmers challenged to help people lead healthier lives"

– Read the full article in the Yorkshire Post

"West Sussex pupils inventing gadget to help users live more healthy lives"

– Read the full article in Sussex Life

"PA Consulting encourages young people to develop new applications for Raspberry Pi"

– Read the full article in the Cambridge News

"Get students solving real-world problems to produce tomorrow's creative technologists"

– Read the full article in the Times Educational Supplement

Technology and innovation at PA

Our work in technology and innovation represents a unique combination of industry expertise and exceptional engineering capability. At our dedicated Technology Centre in Cambridge, UK, we create lasting impact for clients through consumer-led innovation, cost optimisation and business model implementation. For much of our 70-year history, we have been responsible for the development of  many ground-breaking products, the influence of which are still felt today – from award-winning micrometers to the original brushless servomotor, from 4G wireless test equipment to the world's first pre-filled disposable auto-injector.

PA's technology and innovation heritage

Career opportunities at PA

Thinking about your future? Higher Engineering Apprenticeships

PA is a highly successful Technology and Innovation Consultancy. Our engineers are involved in the design and development of world leading products in consumer goods, healthcare and industrial sectors. We are looking for hardworking, enthusiastic individuals, who are already focused on science, technology and engineering subjects, to join our Higher Apprenticeship Scheme. Find out more on our engineering apprenticeships page.

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