Raspberry Pi programming challenge launched

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Students from across the UK are being invited to take part in PA Consulting Group's second Raspberry Pi programming challenge.

The consultancy wants pupils to use the Raspberry Pi to develop a computer program that will help the environment. 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. Anita Chandraker, head of the IT delivery practice at PA, said: "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." Last year, the competition challenged students to use a Raspberry Pi to come up with a device that would 'make the world a better place'. Winning entries included an air quality and weather surveillance device, an automated pill dispenser, and a system to help elderly or disabled people answer the door. This year's competition will once again be split into four age categories: 8-11 year olds, 12-16 year olds, 16-18 year olds and undergraduates. Once registered, teams have until 31 January 2014 to submit their inventions. Winners of each of the four categories will receive £1000.