Sonoma County Office of Education

Student Events

Raspberry Pi Coding Contest

Raspberry Pi symbolThe Sonoma County Office of Education is pleased to present a new student event for high school students. The Raspberry Pi Coding Contest begins in September and culminates with an exhibition of entries on December 10, 2016. High school aged students are challenged to use low-cost ($35) credit card sized computers, Raspberry Pi’s, to design and create. This year’s theme, “The Internet of Things,” asks students to make a product that will serve an identified school need. Contestants will brainstorm possibilities and engineer using the Raspberry Pi along with other materials. End products will display skills in building and coding through a useful new school resource. Students spend time at school & home developing their ideas for the exhibition of creations on December 10, 2016 at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Students who wish to participate in this event need to submit an Intent to Participate form by November 4, 2016. This will register you for the event and provide you with contest updates and information.

Getting Started

Excellent online resources to guide learning about Raspberry Pi's include: Raspberry Pi | Adafruit | Tinker Nut.

SCOE staff will offer different Raspberry Pi learning opportunities in September & October to help work get started. Some classes at SCOE this Fall include:

Raspberry Pi Coding Contest Awards

Each team will be recognized for their entry in this year's event. In addition, the following awards will be offered based on the judgment of a multidisciplinary team from education and industry:

  • Grand Prize Award-- A trophy for the entry that best represents the spirit of the event demonstrating excellence in teamwork, mechanical design, programming, and performance.

  • Genius Programmer Award- Awarded to the entry that demonstrates the best use of programming in their project.

  • Social Impact Award- Awarded to the entry which best addresses social and/or environmental needs in a school setting from the perspective of the judges.

  • McGyver Award- Awarded to the entry best demonstrating solid mechanical design and function.

Contest entries will be judged using the following rubric:

  • Cost- does not exceed $400; contestants need to display a chart or spreadsheet with itemized elements & costs for their entry

  • School Need & Impact- addresses a common school need that is functional & practical (eg. reduces school carbon footprint; serves a common student need in a new way; increases faculty efficiency)

  • Aesthetically pleasing- the device compliments the environment where it resides; the art of human design is manifested by creators

  • Programming- a flow chart and description of the program(s) are offered to help others replicate the product at their sites

  • Coding Elegance- Continued work with a successful program to simplify and organize processes for others to see and understand; documented work establishing 'elegance'

  • Inspiration- the project inspires others to be makers with Raspberry Pi elements

    Event Details

    Who: Students in grades 9-12
    When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Where: Sonoma County Office of Education
    Intent to Participate: Submit an Intent to Participate form by October 21, 2016. This will register you for the event and provide you with contest updates and information.


    Event Director/Spokesperson:
    Rick Phelan

    Event Manager:
    Casey Shea

    Event Coordinator:
    Connie Anderson