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The life of Pi - clever ideas with a tiny computer

"The idea behind the competition - to inspire a new generation to “look under the bonnet of computers and get their hands dirty."




Rory Cellan-Jones 

BBC Online 

21 March 2013



PA Consulting Group’s Raspberry Pi-making competition is featured in a news story on the BBC online. Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent and one of the judges of the competition, has written about the fourteen groups of finalists who gathered at PA’s  Cambridge Technology Centre for the judging and announcement of the winners.  The finalists had each come up with a clever idea to use the Raspberry Pi, the £25 credit card sized computer.

In the article Rory talks about how hard it was being a judge, as all of the finalists had come up with such good ideas for the Raspberry-Pi.  He talks about the London primary school which used the Raspberry Pi to create a communications device for schools in developing countries and the school from North Yorkshire which used the Pi to measure lap times in their cross-country races. Rory also talks about the school from Ballymoney which invented a pill dispenser which allowed a GP to control what drugs a patient was taking at home. Finally, Rory describes the Air-Pi, an idea from two sixth-formers from Westminster School. The AirPi combined various sensors with some clever programming to turn the Pi into an air quality and weather station; you can look at the Air-Pi’s website here

Rory concludes by talking about the idea behind the competition - to inspire a new generation to “look under the bonnet of computers and get their hands dirty”. 

You can read Rory’s article in full here and watch a video of the winning ideas here

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