Use your ingenuity to transform the way we travel
Returning for its seventh year, entries for the PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2019 are now open. And this year’s theme is ‘Transport and Travel’. We spend so much of our time travelling to school, college, work, holidays, the doctor, or just to go out and have fun. So, we’re asking students across the UK to help build a positive human future by using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer to invent something that will improve people’s experience when travelling.
Maybe your team will use artificial intelligence to create a helpful travel companion. Or help save the planet by making commuting more sustainable. Or even create something ingenious that will make the long journey to another planet bearable. With this year’s theme, even the sky isn’t the limit.
Who’s it open to?
Schools, colleges and code clubs can enter as many teams as they want across the three awards categories:
What do the winners receive?
A panel of experts from PA will choose three finalists from each category. We’ll then invite those nine teams to show off their inventions at an exclusive event attended by some of the UK’s most inventive leaders from the public and private sectors – a great opportunity to learn what it takes to make new ideas a success. A judging panel will choose a winner from each category at the event and the three winning teams will each receive £1,000 for their school, college or code club.
What’s the deadline to send in your finished entry?
The final date to submit your invention is 18 March 2019. So request an application form today!
In 2018, our theme was sustainability. We challenged schools all over the UK to use a Raspberry Pi - a credit-card-sized computer - to invent something that will help 'save the planet'.
The ingenuity on show was incredible, giving our judges a difficult time as they debated who should win.
Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy, won the primary school category with 'Recycle Michael'. It’s an interactive rubbish bin that uses a barcode reader to scan waste packaging and display useful information on a screen above the bin compartments. The other finalists were Croydon High School and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School.
Kenilworth School, Warwickshire, won the secondary school category with a solution to energy waste. It’s a system of infrared beams that work together to see when no-one is nearby and switch off unnecessary streetlights in the area. The other finalists were Tanbridge House School and Usk Code Club.
Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex, won the sixth form and college category with a portable charger that uses wind and light to charge batteries without harming the environment. The other finalists were Felpham Community College and King Edward VI Grammar School.
For Recycle Michael:
Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy
For Life of Pi:
Kenilworth School, Warwickshire
Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex
SCHOOL CHILDREN TAKE OUR ENIGMA CHALLENGE!
We assisted the 1851 Trust in running an innovation and STEM day for primary and secondary school children, to inspire the next generation OF innovators. The PA team organised the "PA ENIGMA CHALLENGE", our information security themed team-building experience that aims to put problem-solving credentials to the test. The children had to work quickly against the clock to navigate a convoy through contested waters, avoiding the mines and submarines which lurked beneath the water. Solving puzzles and deciphering encoded messages on replica ENIGMA machines, the teams had to pull all this information together to complete the challenge. This encouraged them to work collaboratively together, think outside the box and develop their STEM abilities.
GIRLS IN STEM DAY
Over 150 girls, aged 11-13, took part in the Girls in STEM day in Portsmouth. The event was organised by the 1851 Trust as part of their Next Generation Roadshow, an exciting series of activities for young people. The aim of the day was to empower young girls to make informed choices about potential future education and career paths, as well as introducing them to positive and inspiring female role models. On the day, two female PA volunteers lead the ‘Inspiration Zone’ whereby they sparked discussions about their education background, their current roles and aspirations for the future. We hope our participation inspired the next generation of girls to become innovators of the future.
INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CARE CONFERENCE
This is a core example of how we work to inspire the next generation in STEM and innovation. The CEO of Telecare Services Association, Alyson Scurfield, invited two lucky teams to The International Technology Enabled Care conference, in Birmingham, to showcase their winning inventions. The teams displayed their Raspberry Pi products, which included an ultra-sonic, multi-sensory smart hat, and a personalised memory clock to improve dementia patients’ cognitive skills. Students were joined by the official Raspberry Pi Code Club and other exhibitors and were quizzed on how their products could help the future generation of innovators.
CAMBRIDGE 'DRAGONS DEN' DAY
We recently hosted a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event at our Global Innovation and Technology Centre. This involved inviting a number of industry experts to act as the Dragons and feedback on the projects. We ran a number of fun and interactive sessions and challenged students in all four teams to ask questions about each of the Dragons and how they progressed with their careers. We then split the teams into two for a tour of the technology centre, followed by a networking lunch with the Dragons.
FEEDBACK FROM OUR EVENTS
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.”
1851 Trust on our "Enigma challenge": “The teachers and students were really impressed and engaged with the ENIGMA game – they absolutely loved it!”
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.
At our Global Innovation and Technology Centre, our work represents a unique combination of industry expertise and exceptional engineering capability. We have been responsible for the development of many ground-breaking products – from the machine to manufacture a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles to a portable air-quality sensor to help tackle air pollution, from the complex software systems for Virgin Hyperloop One to improvised explosive device (IED) detectors.
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