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Horsham pupils reach Raspberry Pi computing final for the second year

St Mary’s C of E school have made the National finals of the PA Consulting Raspberry PI competition for a second year running, only 1 of 3 primary schools nationally to do so.
The competition uses a small computer made by the Raspberry Pi foundation for a health project.
The 7 team members have created an exercise machine that sees the user hitting coloured pads attached to a wall when a colour is flashed up on a TFT attached screen, to fast pumping dance music.
By placing the pads further apart you increase the amount of exercise required in order to touch the pads in time. A scoring system built into the game helps to challenge the user to work faster and longer and therefore gaining more exercise.
Chair of Governors, Marcus Tyler-Moore said: “This Governor led initiative sees a team from our school making the finals held at the Science Museum in London with judges such as Maggie Philbin (Tomorrow’s World) and Rory Cellan-Jones (BBC).
“We are all very proud of the efforts the 7 children have put into working on this project which has seen them using electronics, team work, coding, design, project management and presentation skills.
“We wish them the best of luck for the finals which will be a fun packed day of workshops, a tour of the science museum, presentation to the judges and then a final awards ceremony.”

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