Last week saw our Raspberry Pi team travel to the Science Museum in London to compete in PA Consulting Group’s second Raspberry Pi programming competition.
The competition challenged schools and universities to use Raspberry Pi computers to ‘help the environment’ in innovative ways. Our students designed and developed a prototype ‘PiPod’ which placed joint second. PiPod aims to be a cheap, efficient system capable of providing large quantities of clean water to communities, while also allowing them to grow fresh vegetables in climates that they would not naturally thrive in.
Will Dash from Year 11 writes about the trip to London for the National Final
I found the whole trip amazing; we packed so much into such a short space of time, it really felt longer than two days. We spent most of the day travelling which was an experience of its own, the train was definitely the best way to travel and despite a few hiccups when it came to carrying the case down the stairs our work got there safe and sound. The Science Museum itself was spectacular, even though we saw little of the exhibitions it was worth every minute and the best section was the working models of Charles Babbage’s wondrous machines. The actual Raspberry Pi event was spectacular; I was very impressed by all of the innovative designs created by the different teams especially those from such young students. Our project was a hydroponics and water purification system all powered by a Raspberry Pi. We designed it specifically so that it could be easily assembled and transported in order for deployment in natural disaster areas or in less economically developed countries. The design comprised of all the fundamentals of a computer system; inputs (the electrodes to regulate water flow to optimise plant growth and stop overflowing), processes (time delayed servos to provide plants with water at regular intervals) and outputs (LEDs to inform the user of the state of the program). All in all it was certainly a memorable trip and has certainly been rewarding for all of our hard efforts and am really grateful for everyone’s contribution to this project.