PA Consulting Group launches second national Raspberry Pi computer programming challenge


03-09-2013

PA Consulting Group has launched its second national Raspberry Pi computer programming challenge, encouraging students to use their programming skills to ‘innovate and help the environment’.

PA Consulting Group is, once again, challenging teams from schools and universities across the UK to put their technology skills, ingenuity and creativity to the test in its second Raspberry Pi programming competition. PA wants entrants to use the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer, to develop a computer program that will help the environment.

This follows on from the success of last year’s competition which received a huge number of high-quality entries including an automated pill dispenser, a system to help elderly or disabled people to answer the door safely and an air-quality monitor that is now being commercially developed.
 
To create their projects, teams of up to six students can use a Raspberry Pi computer, additional hardware up to the value of £100 and any software modules available as source code. PA will supply the first 100 teams to enter the competition with a starter kit of
equipment worth £75, which includes a Raspberry Pi computer. 
 
The age categories for the competition are:
 
Primary school years 4-6: ages 8-11
 
Secondary school years 7-11: ages 12-16
 
Secondary school years 12-13: ages 16-18
 
Higher education: undergraduates
 
 
Anita Chandraker, head of the IT delivery practice at PA Consulting Group says: “Last year we were amazed at the potential that the students showed and it was great to see their enthusiasm about the inventions they had created and brought to life. This year we want even more schools to get involved. We hope this competition will continue to raise schools’ interest in technology and students’ enthusiasm for computer programming.”
 
Once registered, teams have until 31 January 2014 to submit their inventions. Winners of each of the fourcategories will receive £1000.
 
For information and instructions on how to register for the competition and to view a video of last year’s winners, visit: www.paconsulting.com/raspberrypi
 
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For more information, contact shivani.joshi@paconsulting.com or call 020 7333 5017
 


 
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About Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does,like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It has been designed so that children all over the world can learn programming.

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