Finalists for PA Consulting Group’s annual Raspberry Pi programming competition have been selected. The nine teams of school children will be presenting their inventions to nine expert judges on Thursday 14 April at The IET in London. The competition challenged participants to use a Raspberry Pi computer to drive innovation in sport and leisure.
Coding skills are now at the core of schools’ curriculum, so it comes as no surprise that children are enthusiastic about the freedom to build innovative products from scratch, helping them to succeed in today’s digital world.Some of the ideas that have made it through to the final are:
a robot that provides pitch side rugby fans with the perfect view of a conversion
a selfie camera to capture drummers in action
a boxing game to improve your fitness in a fast-paced, multiplayer, head-to-head format
a device to instantly resolve photo finishes in races and accurately record times and training splits.
PA’s Raspberry Pi coding competition has not only provided a platform to school children and college students to innovate using a Raspberry Pi computer, but also for teachers to engage with the Pi and get the education and experience they need to help children take their skills further.
Anita Chandraker, head of digital delivery at PA Consulting Group and chair of the judging panel says: “This year we’ve seen our highest number of entries to date. This reinforces the fact that more and more schools are playing a fundamental role in ensuring their students are exposed to coding from a younger age. It’s always exciting seeing what the teams have invented and we look forward to what I’m sure will be a very close final when the teams present to the judging panel. PA is really pleased to be helping address this skills gap and giving children the opportunity to tackle everyday problems by applying their skills and imagination to create real solutions.”
The panel of judges:
Raoul-Gabriel Urma, Co-founder, CEO, Cambridge Coding Academy
Ms Farah Azirar, Trustee, The Institution of Engineering and Technology
Clive Beale, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Mark Sutton, IT Director, Teach First
Joanna Townsend, EMEA Regional Operations Director, Lloyd’s Register
Emma Young, Vice President IT business change & delivery, ARM
Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology correspondent
Ravi Mattu, Technology, media, telecoms editor, Financial Times
Anita Chandraker, PA Consulting Group.