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PA's New Raspberry Pi competition

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Making the difference in the world of sport and leisure

PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2016  – winners announced!

The UK’s brightest innovators from schools across the country competed in the final of PA Consulting Group’s fourth annual Raspberry Pi coding competition on Thursday 14 April 2016. Nine teams of finalists presented their inventions to an expert judging panel. The competition challenged participants to use a Raspberry Pi to drive innovation in sport and leisure.  We would like to thanks all the participants for this year's competition.

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PA's Raspberry Pi Competition 2016 - Finals

The 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

Anita Chandraker, who leads the digital service team at PA Consulting Group and is chair of the judging panel said:

“We set this competition up four years ago because at PA we are passionate about technology and innovation so it was really important for us to encourage the next generation to be as passionate as we are. Young people need to learn to code but what we’ve also seen and learnt is that team work is equally important. We have seen teams where some children are into engineering, some into coding and others are great at the marketing, and it’s this team work which needs to come together to create fantastic inventions. This year’s finalists produced really smart inventions which the judges thought could all easily be applied in the real world and it is this creativity and problem solving that is making the competition what it is today.”

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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

“PA Consulting Raspberry Pi 2015 winners announced”

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“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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