Sonoma County Office of Education

Student Events

Raspberry Pi Coding Contest

Raspberry Pi symbolThe Sonoma County Office of Education hosts an annual Raspberry Pi Coding Contest where high school aged students are challenged to use low-cost ($35) credit card sized computers, Raspberry Piís, to design and create.

This year's theme is "Holiday Multimedia Extravaganza." Students are challenged to create a public holiday display for their school. The projects should convey the fun, wonder, & joy of the holidays to diverse groups employing one or more Raspberry Pi microcomputers to drive a multimedia display designed and constructed by the contestants. Contestants must work with their school administration to secure placement of their creation on school property. The creation must be transportable and able to be shared at the January 20th event at SCOE.

Event Details

Who: Students in grades 9-12
Theme: Holiday Multimedia Extravaganza
When: Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Sonoma County Office of Education

Intent to Participate - Google Form - due by December 15, 2017


Getting Started

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

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.

  • Holiday Spirit Award- Awarded to the entry which best conveys the spirit of fun, wonder, humor & joy during the holidays.

  • Nikola Tesla Award- Awarded to the entry best demonstrating visionary design and engineering.

Contest entries will be judged using this criteria along with others specific to the 2018 event:

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

  • Theme focused- the creation conveys the holiday spirit of fun, wonder, humor & joy

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

  • 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