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PA's Raspberry Pi Competition 2018

Saving The Planet


PA’s Raspberry Pi Competition 2018

Now in its sixth year, we’re delighted to announce that PA's Raspberry Pi competition 2018 is now open.There are three £1,000 prizes up for grabs for teams from primary and secondary schools, and sixth forms and colleges.

This year’s theme is Sustainability. We’re challenging you to use the Raspberry Pi - a credit-card-size yet highly capable computer - to invent something that will help 'save the planet'.   

PA Raspberry Pi Competition Winners 2017 [1C1-fE-Nnxo]
PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017

Last year St Mary's Primary School in Horsham won the Primary School award for inventing a system to help deafblind people identify visitors at their door. We’d asked entrants to produce innovations that would improve the lives of people who have conditions that limit their ability to do things most of us take for granted.

Is your school or college up for the challenge?

The main threats to our planet centre around energy use, food production and scarcer resources. So we’re interested in inventions that could help meet those challenges. Maybe a football that stores the energy created by every kick. Or a scanner that helps us cut food waste. Or a bin that automatically recycles paper. We know from previous years that you’ll come up with some great ideas and we’re looking forward to seeing them. 

The competition is open to all schools and colleges in the UK and the closing date for entries is 5 March, 2018.

2017 Winners

The aim of the 2017 competition was to create innovations to help improve the lives of people who have conditions that limit their ability to do things the rest of us take for granted. The fantastic winning entries were:

  • St Mary's Primary School, Horsham - a door entry system paired with a wearable device that helps deafblind people identify visitors to their residence
  • Haileybury School and College, Hertford Heath - a monitoring tool for carers of the elderly to address risks of unattended falls
  • King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford - a learning game designed to assist and support those with Attention Deficit Disorders and Dyslexia.

Congratulations to all of our amazing finalists and thank you to all of the young innovators that took part in the competition – you are an inspiration to the next generation!


About the competition

The competition has three categories:

  • Primary School Award: academic years 4-6
  • Secondary School Award: academic years 7-11
  • Sixth Form and College Award: academic years 12-13.

What do entrants get for winning?

  • The winners of each category received £1,000.
2017 PA Raspberry Pi Competition winners
St Mary's Primary School, Horsham
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford
Haileybury School and College, Hertford Heath
Haileybury College

STEM day at Land Rover BAR HQ 2016

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!

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.

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PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2017
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PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015 [RohDs_tfWN0]
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
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PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014

In the media

“Inspiring the disruptors of tomorrow”

Read the full article from D/sruption

“Coding competition challenges schoolchildren to improve disabled lives"

Read the full article in the IET magazine

“PA Consulting Group celebrates annual Raspberry Pi school coding competition”

Read the full article on Electronics Weekly

“Young innovators win national award”

Read the full article in the District Post

“Schools take part in national coding competition to help improve lives”

Read the full article on the Cambridge Network

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

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