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PA's Raspberry Pi Competition


Now in its sixth year, PA's Raspberry Pi competition has seen its strongest ever entries in 2018. More than 100 schools applied for the competition, which sees teams of schoolchildren show off their creativity and coding as they compete for one of three £1,000 prizes.

This year's theme is 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'.

PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2018
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2018

The ingenuity on show has been incredible, giving our judges a difficult time as they debated who should be the winners.

2018 Raspberry Pi Awards winners

  • The primary school category was won by Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy who created 'Recycle Michael', an interactive rubbish bin that uses a barcode scanner 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
  • In the secondary school category, Kenilworth School, Warwickshire who created a solution to energy waste; a system of infrared beams which work together to identify when no-one is nearby, and switch off the unnecessary streetlights in the area. The other finalists were: Tanbridge House School and Usk Code Club
  • And in the sixth form and college category, Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex who created a portable charger that uses wind and light to charge batteries without harming the environment of our planet. 

    The other finalists were: Felpham Community College and  King Edward VI Grammar School

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 for their school/college

For Recycle Michael:
Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy

For Life of Pi:
Kenilworth School, Warwickshire

For September:
Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex



We invited schools in Bristol to join us and Bristol Learning City for a fun educational day at City Hall, Bristol. The day was aimed at inspiring young people to get involved in STEM activities and consider a STEM focussed career. At the event, we facilitated a coding session using the Raspberry Pi and challenged the school teams to come up with innovative ways to solve problems.

Thank you to our volunteers and to everyone that came along!

Over 150 girls, aged 11-13, recently took part in the Girls in STEM day at Land Rover BAR’s base 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 harnessing the inspiration of the Land Rover BAR sailing team and its partners.

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.

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.

Thank you to everyone who joined!

In the summer, we hosted a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event at our Cambridge Technology Centre, as a follow-up reward for the teams having made it to the 2017 awards day finals. 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.

Thank you to our Dragons and students that came along!

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!

To inspire your students’ entry to PA’s Raspberry Pi competition, the 1851 Trust provides exciting sustainability resources which harness the inspiration of Land Rover BAR, British sailing team for the America’s Cup, as it aims to be the most sustainable sports team it can be.

Explore the free teaching resources available on the 1851 Trust’s digital platform, STEM Crew, or bring your students to the Tech Deck at the Land Rover BAR base in Portsmouth for a behind-the-scenes experience and sustainability workshop hosted by the 1851 Trust. You can find out more and book online here.

Help your pupils find out how Land Rover BAR uses its position at the leading edge of high performance sport to drive innovation towards a sustainable economy.

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.

PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014
PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014

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"

Read the full article on Computer Weekly

"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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