The final of the national school Raspberry Pi coding competition awarded four winning teams with £1,000 in prize money from PA Consulting.
This year’s competition challenged students to inspire change in society and use their ingenuity to transform experiences of travel and transport.
Students competed in teams to take top spots in four categories. The winners were:
● St Mary’s School, Horsham (primary category)
‘Park and Stride’ uses technology to encourage children and parents to walk to school instead of parking outside school gates. The final product allows children to scan in to school when they are safe, on a portable Raspberry Pi device using RFID tags.
● Lady Eleanor Holles School, London, (secondary category, years 7–9)
The ‘Brainy Baby Belt’ makes children’s car seats safer by issuing an alert when they become unclipped. The device also plays music and has lights, to help keep children entertained on their journey.
● Westminster School, London (secondary category, years 10–11)
The team’s special cycling gloves allow cyclists to navigate safely around busy urban areas by displaying route directions. They also light up to show arrows or other actions, and the light has the added benefit of making the cyclist more visible in the dark, especially when they signal a turn.
● Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Carmarthenshire (sixth form and college category)
The team’s system reduces the waiting time for drivers at traffic lights by calculating the most efficient traffic light cycle timings, depending on factors such as distances, speed limits and car types.
More information about the competition can be found at: www.paconsulting.com/raspberrypi