06/03/2013| Education

Schools shortlisted in Raspberry Pi programming challenge

Several schools have reached the final round of a competition to find the most innovative application of the Raspberry Pi.

A year after the credit-card sized computer first went on sale, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and PA Consulting launched a challenge for schools and universities to demonstrate their programming and design skills using the Raspberry Pi. Six entries have now been shortlisted, with the final judging to take place on 20 March.

Among the final entries is an automatic pill dispenser developed by students from Dalriada School in Northern Ireland, which dispenses the correct dosage of pills for patients. The pill dispenser is programmed by the Pi and dispenses the correct dosage at specific times by synchronising with medical information entered online. Other entries include:

  • an automatic door answering system designed to help elderly and disabled people answer their front door

  • an air quality and weather surveillance device which takes in information about air quality through its sensors and uploads it directly to the internet, where it can then be viewed and analysed on a smartphone or tablet

  • a parental protection system for mobile devices in the home. The device ensures that children can stay safe on the internet, regardless of which device they pick up

  • a device which allows school children in developing countries to communicate with other schools across the world

The panel of judges includes Alan Middleton, CEO of PA Consulting Group, Eben Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi, BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones and Barak Regev, Cloud platform sales lead at Google.
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