The annual PA Consulting Group Raspberry Pi competition is open for entries. This year, young people will be challenged with using a Raspberry Pi to "revolutionise people’s health and wellbeing".
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Teams of pupils are being tasked to invent something that will help people to lead healthier lives, such as wearable technologies to ensure patients take their medications on time or a system created to streamline a hospital’s processes.
Anita Chandraker, head of IT delivery at PA Consulting Group, said the competition provides entrants with the opportunity to discover what they can achieve through coding in a fun and informal way.
“Our aim is to help support the teaching and learning of computing, science, design and technology, and also inspire the UK’s next generation of tech experts,” she said.
Categories for the competition include:
- PA’s primary school award: academic years 4-6
- PA’s secondary school award: academic years 7-11
- PA’s sixth form & college award: academic years 12-13
- PA’s young entrepreneur award: open to all university undergraduates
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A winner will be chosen from each category, with the team receiving £1,000 in prize money.
Successful entries from previous years include a robot for household recycling, an automatic pill dispenser, a forest fire detector and a device designed to help less mobile people answer their front door.
“The quality of inventions from young people over the past two years has impressed all those involved – one team’s idea is now being commercialised and some teachers have used the competition to revitalise the teaching of computing and technology," said Chandraker.
"With the introduction of the new school curriculum for computing in this academic year, it will be more important than ever for young people to understand the basics of programming and the power of technology to transform lives.”