Shortlist of coding enthusiasts revealed in PA Consulting Group’s Raspberry Pi schools’ competition

Finalists for PA Consulting Group’s annual Raspberry Pi programming competition have been selected. The nine teams of school children will present 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. Using the credit-card-size yet highly capable Raspberry Pi computer, entrants to the 2018 competition have been challenged to

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 too 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 water 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.”

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