Students focus on sustainability during Raspberry Pi final

The fourth Raspberry Pi school competition concluded with a festive finale, where four teams were awarded prizes for their innovative and sustainable inventions. The Raspberry Pi Competition is an annual initiative by PA Consulting in association with the House of Digital. Schoolchildren from the age of 12 compete in teams and develop inventions with the tiny Raspberry Pi computer to solve social problems. This year the teams were challenged to ‘save the world’ in the context of sustainability.

De Liedjestelefoon (Gomaruscollege, Groningen) won the prize for the most creative idea. The most feasible invention was that of Team Raspberry Pie (Buurtcollege Agora Maas in Peel, Panningen). Smart Shower (Gomaruscollege) won the award for the most impressive invention. The Triple A incentive award was won by ISGH (Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem).

physical meeting

Although the first edition of the Raspberry Pi competition ended with a physical meeting at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the second and third editions were mainly digital in nature due to corona. Both the organization and the students were excited that the fourth Raspberry Pi final could once again take place physically.

The finalists were welcomed in the morning with an interactive quiz, a cryptography workshop, and a joint lunch. During a real innovation market, the jury and the public could walk to test the teams on their inventions. The innovation party concluded with an award ceremony under the supervision of TV presenter Klaas van Kruistum.

innovative collaboration

“That is why we are organizing this competition,” said Mark Griep, head of PA Holland, during the award ceremony. “The energy, the lessons that you share with us here. Because what you’ve done, that’s what we also do at PA Consulting: solve problems through innovative collaboration. I hope that he will use his knowledge, skills, and talents in his career to make our world a little more beautiful.”

The prizes were awarded by members of the jury, consisting of Volkert Deen (Editor-in-Chief, AG Connect), Jet Lepage (Head of Financial Obligation Processing, UWV), Willem van Asperen (Chief Data Scientist, PA Consulting), Peter Toethuis (CIO, NN Leven), Rian van Heur (Chief Content Officer, VHTO), and Wendy Vierveijzer.

The song phone is the most creative invention.

The most creative invention was won by the Liedjestelefoon team from Gomarus College in Groningen. They won with their life-enhancing invention for people with dementia, with which the students also creatively colored outside the competition’s theme lines.

The prize for the most feasible invention went to Team Raspberry Pie from the Buurtcollege Agora Maas en Peel in Panningen (Limburg). This team of 12 and 16 year olds developed a CO2 meter to monitor air quality in classrooms. “An idea that can in principle be implemented tomorrow,” said juror Willem van Asperen.

Smart Shower has the biggest impact

The most impressive invention award went to the Smart Shower team, also from Gomarus College. This ingenious invention channels shower water to, for example, the toilet tank when it is not yet at the right temperature. His invention thus saves many liters per shower.

Finally, the Triple A award (Promotion Award for Best All-rounder and Future Talent) went to Team I-SGH from the Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem. Its smart home device, a combination of a water sensor and a mobile app, lets users know exactly how much water they use during a shower or bath. In this way they increase the awareness of consumers about their water consumption.

Activity of your choice

The winning teams will be able to choose an activity of their choice. For example, spend an afternoon solving puzzles and doing tasks to escape a virtual reality escape room as quickly as possible. In addition, there is an amount of 500 euros for the supervising teacher to allocate to the development of 21st century skills in the classroom.

Ernst Brand, Managing Consultant and Public Sector Expert from PA: “After four years of Raspberry Pi competitions, I’m still excited about this initiative. Each edition reminds me that young people can find inspiring and relevant solutions to complex problems.”

The competition is aimed at young people from the age of 12 in pre-professional secondary education, havo, pre-university education and mbo schools who want to gain practical experience with programming and computer technology. More information about the Raspberry Pi competition is available here.

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