Shortlist revealed in Raspberry Pi’s coding comp for schools

The nine teams of school children will be presenting their inventions to expert judges later this month

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 Tuesday, 17 April at the IET in London

PA’s annual competition aims to inspire the innovators of the future and challenges school children and college students to put their programming skills to the test.

Some of the ideas that have made it through to the 2018 final include:

 – A game to educate children on how to save energy by switching off appliances

 – A system for automatically monitoring the temperature of your home throughout the day, which will send you a tweet if your house gets too hot or cold 

 – A water meter which measures how many litres of water you use in the shower. After your shower, a message is sent to your device stating how much has been used and the impact that this has had on the environment

Anita Chandraker, who leads the digital service team at PA Consulting Group and is the sponsor for the competition, says: “Our competition is a unique opportunity for school children and college students to invent, design and create using the Raspberry Pi. We are delighted to have received a record number of entries to the competition this year; a reflection of the ever growing importance of coding as a critical skill to support innovation. 

“The competition is a great opportunity for young people to use their coding skills and imagination to tackle real world problems. Designed to support the teaching and learning of STEM subjects in the national curriculum, we hope that it inspires the next generation to see the power technology can have in transforming the world.”

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