Raspberry Pi helping to save the planet!

We’re really excited to tell you about another sustainable solution for schools and this one might win your school £1,000!

Now in it’ sixth year, the PA’s Raspberry Pi competition 2018 is offering three £1,000 prizes for teams from primary and secondary schools, and sixth forms and colleges.

This year’s theme is Sustainability. The challenge is to use the Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-size yet highly capable computer – to invent something that will help ‘save the planet’.

Is your school or college up for the challenge?

Raspberry Pi kit worth £64

The main threats to our planet centre around energy use, food production and scarcer resources. So the competition judges are looking for inventions that could help meet those challenges. Maybe a football that stores the energy created by every kick. Or a scanner that helps us cut food waste. Or a bin that automatically recycles paper.

All you need to do is form a team, register your team here and then wait to receive your box containing a Raspberry Pi, keyboard, cables and instructions. Then get inventing!

The competition is open to all schools and colleges in the UK and the closing date for entries is 5 March, 2018. To find out  more visit http://www.paconsulting.com/events/raspberry-pi-competition/.

As part of our Sussex Green Living ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02 sustainable solutions for schools’ programme we are offering Sussex schools who enter this competition a FREE sustainability presentation. It will give very clear unbiased information on climate change – the reason why we all need to think about sustainability.  It’s informative but optimistic and there is also a big emphasis on personal responsibility – choices to be made.  We give out a flyer called ‘Pledges for the Planet’ so children and their parents can decide what, if anything, they are prepared to do.

So, to borrow from Simon Sinek, we give an illustration of the ‘why’ and then through the competition the children create the ‘what’ and the ‘how’.  The imagery in our presentations underlines the urgency of the situation, which should increase motivation and participation in the project.  Broaden the reach, increase depth, create lasting impact etc… So that even after the competition is over everyone will still be thinking about ways to live more sustainability.

In fact even if schools don’t participate in the competition we are offering to deliver an age appropriate whole school assembly and or lessons for year 4, 5 and or 6 through our ‘The Future We Want – LESS C02 programme, more information can be seen here.

Your County Needs You, Your Planet Needs you and Your School Needs You.

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”  “There are only two ways to influence human behaviour: you can manipulate it or you can inspire it.”  Simon Sinek

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

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About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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