This year we are challenging pupils from schools and colleges to use their ingenuity to invent something that will transform travel and transport using a Raspberry Pi, the credit-card-size highly capable computer. With this year’s theme, students have the opportunity to create solutions to tackle security issues, create a better experience for people with physical mobility challenges, or create the perfect yet least environmentally damaging journey.
Each year we invite our nine shortlisted teams to our exclusive awards event attended by some of the UK’s most inventive leaders from the private and public sectors.
This year the awards day takes place on 30 April at Code Node, the UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events.
Students can expect a day of STEM activities, speed networking sessions with business leaders, plus the chance to exhibit their invention. Our senior judging panel will announce the winners from each category at an awards ceremony.
Attendance at the awards ceremony for business leaders is by invitation only. If you would like to find out more about our awards day, please contact us for more information.
Our senior judging panel will visit the student exhibition stands at the awards day and will choose a winner from each category.
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
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.
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