St Mary’s pupils win national Raspberry PI competition

A Governor led initiative that started in October 2013 has seen seven Year 5 pupils from St Mary’s School win £1,000 at the national finals of PA Consulting’s Raspberry PI competition. The finals took place at the London Science Museum on Wednesday, April 2.

Over 150 schools from around the UK took part in the competition which set children the challenge of using the Raspberry PI to help the environment. The St Mary’s team created a robot that is easy to assemble and teaches young children about recycling.

The robot scans household items then tells the user whether the item can be recycled and, if so, which recycling bin to use. They won because they were an ‘incredibly energetic team bursting with ideas and the children were able to clearly explain how this product could be rolled out nationwide.’

Marcus Tyler-Moore, vice chair of governors at St Mary’s, said: “The school is very proud of all the St Mary’s children that took part in the competition, they have been a real credit to the school. This has been an incredible achievement.”

“The build-up to the results was very nerve racking. PA Consulting did an amazing job of the whole event from start to finish.

“I would like to personally thank them, the children and their class teacher, Mr Ellis, the school’s headteacher, Mrs Dutson, my co-leader in this project, Angus Thomas, Neil Ford from Codeclub and a small army of parents who went above and beyond to work with the wonderfully talented children in this effort.”

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