Hertford secondary school wins award at coding competition

The winning team from Richard Hale School

Submitted by PA Consulting

Richard Hale School, Hertford in Hertfordshire has won the secondary school award for academic years 10 and 11 for their app to help consumers make greener choices when food shopping.

Children as young as eight from UK schools and colleges competed in the final of PA Consulting’s 10th annual Raspberry Pi coding competition on Thursday, May 5 at London’s Science Museum. PA Consulting, is bringing ingenuity to life, invited teams to use a Raspberry Pi computer to invent products to help save the planet.

Richard Hale School presented their invention in front of a panel of expert judges and received £ 1,000 prize money.

Their app aims to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by the transportation of food from producer to consumer. Using the power of the Raspberry Pi and a barcode scanner, the app recommends locally sourced product options, rather than ones from further afield. The aim is to reduce the staggering 3 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions created by this issue.

The competition promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by challenging primary, secondary and college students to invent products and processes that could benefit our health, our society and our world using their technology and coding skills. As the UN shares its latest outlook on climate change, the need to act quickly on sustainability has never been more apparent.

Frazer Bennett, chief innovation officer at PA Consulting and sponsor for the competition said: “Encouraging the next generation of innovators is so important to us, and our competition aims to help children develop their interest in the impact that technologies can have.

“The ingenuity of young people is remarkable, and it’s this ingenuity that will help shape our future.

“In 15 years from now it’s going to be the teams that entered this competition that will be the ones solving the big challenges the world faces. So, it’s clear that we need to give them a place to thrive, and I’m proud that our competition is contributing to that. “

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