Computable reported on the first awards day of PA’s Dutch Raspberry Pi competition.
Automated care taking of plants, a pill carrousel that dispatches the right medication three times a day, a toy bear that supports caretakers of people with multiple disabilities, or a movement and warmth sensor that signals if there’s a living creature inside a car that's too hot. These four solutions have been developed by students with a Raspberry Pi. They won the Dutch Raspberry Pi competition, organised by PA Consulting and House of Digital.
Students from high schools and vocational schools across the Netherlands are challenged by the Raspberry Pi Competition to come up with solutions with societal impact. This first Dutch edition revolves around finding a solution to improve wellbeing. Schools who enter the competition, receive a Raspberry Pi to create their solutions. In total, sixteen teams enter the finale, that takes place in the Johan Cruijff Arena. They battle for a prize in one of the three categories: creative, impact and achievable.
In the category Creative students of MBO College Amstelland from Amstelveen win. They invented a solution to automate the nurturing of plants. A plant container is built on top of an aquarium, so that a hydroponic plant can grow there. The tank is equipped with two UV lamps, a food dispenser and a fan on top of the plant stimulate the plant's growth. Sensors measure food, light and temperature. The Raspberry Pi receives these data an sends it to an app, that the students developed. In the future, the students wants the tank to be remotely controlled, for instance by switching the lights on and off remotely.
MBO College Zuidoost from Amsterdam wins in the category Impact with their solution called Pi-Care. It's a product that has great market potential and that works seamlessly. Pi-Care consists of three products, the Pi-Bear, the Pi-Watch, and the Pi-Hub to support caretakers of people with multiple disabilities. Caretakers use paper symbols to communicate the about today's activities with their clients. The team has digitised this process: the toy bear and the watch display these symbols to the client.
The students of Bredero Mavo from Amsterdam win the prize for achievable (bring it quickly to the market) with Medicare. They developed a pill carrousel that helps patients to take in their medication on time. Using the 3D printer, they created a carrousel that contains 21 boxes in total (seven days, three times a day) where medication can be placed. The software, developed with a Raspberry Pi, indicates at what time which pills need to fall in a box. Once the pills are in the box, the carroussel will give a sound signal, which is repeated every ten minutes until the medication is taken. The latter is being measured by light sensors.
The judges decide to hand out a fourth prize, an encouragement award. This is a prize for a young team, encouraging them to keep on working with technology. The ABC-team from Bredero Mavo from Amsterdam receives this prize. The students developed an anti-baby-cooking (ABC) system. They developed a movement sensor and a pressure sensor to be built cars to sense if there’s life in a car that is too hot. In critical situations, the car alarm will go off. If the situation worsens, the doors will unlock.
The four winning school teams will receive a day playing football with the Dutch NAO robot football team. The teachers who guided the teams receive five hundred euros each to spend on digital skills in the class room.
The competition is organised by PA Consulting together with House of Digital, a cooperation aimed to align IT education in Amsterdam with the labour market. PA Consulting has organised this competition five times before in the United Kingdom, this year was the first edition in the Netherlands.