Innovative minds came together today as the raspberry pi was front and centre stage again. Reporter Naim Borges has the story.
Naim Borges, Love FM News: Young minds gathered together at the Belize Biltmore Plaza today to display what their technological skill can create with just one Raspberry Pi computer. A Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or tv and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. Today the Public Utilities Commission, PUC, held their annual Raspberry Pi Jam with high school students.
Sharolyn Dougal, Licensing Administrator, Telecommunication Sector: “We basically supply the schools with all the Raspberry Pi kits and accessories and then they go back, go to the drawing board and come up with a project that is entered today for the competition that we host yearly. We have a lot of the students being interested in partaking in it, they are very innovative and creative in coming out with the projects that they create for the competition and the schools have been doing a good job in being participants yearly for the event.”
Naim Borges, Love FM News: This year’s theme was “Inspiring solutions to global challenges through innovation and creativity.” Therefore students had to create projects that would solve a modern problem of our country or other countries; here are some of them.
Thadeus Pineda, Stann Creek Ecumenical College: “My name is Thadeus Pineda I’m from Stann Creek Ecumenical College. This is one of our projects, a flood warning system in which this device would be elevated over a river and the green light would signal to the villagers that the water level for the river is normal. But as this water level rises due to rain in the area a blue light will indicate to the villagers that the water has risen. As this rises more a red light will appear, this red light will indicate to the villagers that the water level has risen and they should move to higher elevation, the bell will ring and then tell them to evacuate.”
Student, Smart Home Project: “Here we have a smart house because as we know the world is becoming more modern using a lot of technology and we use that to make life easier for us and using the Raspberry Pi we connect our phones using an SSH app and with the touch of a few buttons you can turn on or turn off different lights, you can also turn on in different departments in the house. You can use different devices such as the fan which can also be turned on using the technology.”
Naim Borges, Love FM News: This event offers students more than just bragging rights though, students have a chance to have their projects patented and adapted by companies and organizations as explained by Sharolyn Dugal.
Sharolyn Dougal, Licensing Administrator, Telecommunication Sector “We encourage the schools to come up with projects that can be patented by them and if a business owner comes today and sees something that they are interested in it can be purchased from the school and that way it would create additional income for the school and the computer club as well..”