PA Consulting has launched its eighth Raspberry Pi competition under the theme of the sustainable city of tomorrow. Anita Chandraker, PA’s global head of innovation, discusses the competition in Cambridge Network.
This year students will need to use their ingenuity to imagine a world where we can protect habitats while making the best use of natural resources. A smart and sustainable city would be the one in which we can travel simply, safely and without pollution and where our food is sourced with minimal waste.
The competition is free to entry and open to school students in four age groups: academic years 4-6, 7-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Three finalists from each category are invited to the PA Raspberry Pi Awards Day in April 2020. A panel of expert judges will then select a winner from each of the four categories, who will be awarded with £1,000 for their school or college.
Anita says: “At PA we’re passionate about technology and innovation. The aim of our competition is to encourage more young people to see how they can play a part by working in teams to tackle important challenges using technology. We chose this year’s theme because sustainability should be a driving force for all future-looking organisations. We’re facing probably the greatest challenge of our lifetime – climate change – and we want our next generation to innovate and tackle this head on.
“Each year I see incredible creative thinking, teamwork, commitment, coding and engineering skills from the students – some as young as eight years old. The determination and imagination of students is truly incredible and as adults, we’re always moved by the passion of students to help make the world a better place,” she added.
PA first launched the competition in 2012 in response to a fall in programming skills to help tackle the growing talent gap in programming and coding. The Raspberry Pi was selected as it is a low-cost computer, launched with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools and stimulating interest in the IT industry.
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