This year we challenged 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 had 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.
Category one: Primary School Award (academic years 4-6)
St Mary’s School, Horsham
Team: Pi Champions
This team created ‘Park and Stride’ to enable children to travel to and from school more safely.
Croydon High School
Team: Ivy Travel Pi-oneers
The team created a solution to improve travel for the visually impaired.
Egglescliffe C of E Primary School
Team: Mars Pi-oneers
The team created an automated “companion” for astronauts on their journey to Mars.
Category two: Secondary School Award (academic years 7-9)
Lady Eleanor Holles School, London
Team: Brainy Baby Belt
This team developed a product that makes children’s car seats safer by issuing an alert when they become unclipped.
Hack Horsham, Sussex
The team created TrainBot, a train safety management system.
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham college, London
This team created an app that checks how healthy and eco-friendly you are.
Category three: Secondary School Award (academic years 10-11)
Westminster School, London
Team: Robot Apocalypse
The team created Pind My Way, a way to cycle safely through urban areas using flashing gloves as your guide.
Ferndown Upper School, Dorset
The team invented Travel Ted – an interactive travel companion for young children.
The Liverpool Blue Coat School, Lancashire
Team: PiRATED Content
The team created a facial recognition system that makes bus travel easier, helps the environment and prevents fraud.
Category four: PA’s Sixth Form Award (academic years 12-13)
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Carmarthenshire
Team: Team Lightning
This team created a system to reduce the waiting time for drivers at traffic lights.
King Edward VI Grammar School, Essex
Team: G.I.Pi (PioXIDE]
This team created a system to reduce air pollution by detecting levels of harmful gases.
Stanmore College, Middlesex
Team: DIS@ Stanmore
The team created a fingerprint recognition system that would prevent fraudulent travel.
Congratulatons to all the teams that entered the 2019 PA Raspberry Pi competition.
We look forward to seeing each of these ingenious ideas in action as they help create a positive human future.
Each year we invite our 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 took place on 30 April at Code Node, the UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events.
Students enjoyed a day of STEM activities, speed networking sessions with business leaders, plus the chance to exhibit their invention. Our senior judging panel announced the winners from each category at an awards ceremony.
Our senior judging panel visited the student exhibition stands at the awards day and chose 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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