Steeple Bumpstead Primary School

Easy as Pi for pupils in national computing competition

Published: 29 May, 2023

Pupils from a village primary school are celebrating after landing a top national computing award.

The team from Steeple Bumpstead Primary School were awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ vote in the recent Raspberry Pi computer coding competition.

Made up of Year 6 pupils, the Honey Pi team used technology to monitor the temperature and humidity of beehives in order to support the crucial role insects have in the environment.

The team made it through to the final three for their age group of the national competition and while they were narrowly pipped for the top prize, they did enough to capture the people’s vote.

Stuart White, Year 5 teacher who led the team, explained: “The People’s Choice vote saw everyone who took part in the final asked to choose their favourite project.

“The Year 6 team were absolutely thrilled and the whole school is proud of their achievements.”

The national annual competition is organised by PA Consulting and promotes STEM education by challenging schoolchildren to invent systems that could benefit society using their engineering and coding skills.

For this year’s competition, pupils were challenged to design technology to help create a positive future for everyone.