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Raspberry Pi Competition

R.E.A.L. Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learners have been praised for their ‘creative thinking’ and ‘innovation’ by judges from the PA Consulting Group Raspberry Pi Competition 2018.

PA Consulting Group help organisations harness the power of innovation and breakthrough technologies. The company’s annual Raspberry Pi competition challenges teams of schoolchildren to show off their creativity and coding as they compete for one of three £1,000 prizes.

The theme of this year’s competition was sustainability, and schools were challenged to use a Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-sized computer – to invent something that could help to ‘save the planet’.

R.E.A.L.’s competition submission comprised of a ‘Scratch’ program (a programming language where you can create interactive stories, games, and animations), linked to a video camera used to detect movement – the result of which illuminates an LED. This setup was then used to alert people disposing of waste to various recycling options.

Duncan Allen, STEM Teacher at R.E.A.L. Education said: “This is the second STEM competition that R.E.A.L. has entered this year. We didn’t make the finals as the standard across the country was so high, but we did really well to get a far as we did. The support we received throughout the competition was excellent and the feedback was very constructive and positive.”

Simon Dhaliwal from PA Consulting Group commented that: “The judges were extremely impressed with the creative thinking behind [R.E.A.L.’s] innovation and the dedication gone into completing such an outstanding invention.”

R.E.A.L. Independent School