Pioneers

FAQs


What do you mean by ‘digital making’?


How will you decide who wins and gets prizes?

Forming and registering a team

Who can take part?

Does it cost anything to take part?


Can I still enter if I know employees of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, or am involved with the Foundation in some way?


Is there a deadline for registering my team?


I’m having problems registering a teamwhat do I do?


I want to start Pioneers at my school. Do you have any information about curriculum links for teachers?


Can a mentor look after more than one team?

Making and submitting your project

Can we use code someone else has written?

Can we enter something that we have already made?


What happens if our mentor no longer wants to take part?


We didn’t finish our project – what can we do?


What should be in our submission video?


Do I have to be filmed?


How many entries can we submit?


I’m having problems submitting an entry – what do I do?

How will we know that you’ve received our entry?

What do you mean by ‘digital making’?

Digital making is the process of creating something using digital technologies. You could be programming a computer, building a website, hacking some hardware, 3D printing physical objects, and lots more besides. It’s about much more than just checking your email or creating a PowerPoint presentation. The clue’s in the hashtag: #MakeYourIdeas

How will you decide who wins and gets prizes?

We choose winners based on the videos you send us when you submit your entry. There are several prize categories, including best explanation video, best incorporation of the challenge theme, and best tech. But we also give prizes for inspiring journeys, interesting ideas, and just giving it a red hot go! The key is to make something interesting that relates to the theme using digital tech, and to film the whole process.

Who can take part?

Pioneers is open to all young people aged 11-16 living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. We hope we will be able to open our challenges to teams from all over the world soon! Your team needs to have between two and five people. AIs and robots don’t count as team members, nor does anyone who helps you make the video.

Every team needs an adult mentor. This person can be anyone you know who is sensible and over 17. If you don’t have anyone to form a team with, or to be your mentor, get in touch with us via this form and we will do our best to help you out!

Does it cost anything to take part?

No, there’s no fee to register or to take part in Pioneers. Unfortunately, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is unable to cover the cost of any resources or equipment that you use or purchase to make your entry.

If you are suffering from financial hardship, you may be eligible for one of our bursaries. Thanks to our friends at the Shell Centenary Scholarship Fund, we have some bursaries available to help cover the cost of basic equipment for some teams. These funds are for young people who haven’t taken part in digital making activities before, and who might need some financial assistance to get started. If you think your team is eligible, send a short email explaining why to pioneers@raspberrypi.org.

Can I still enter if I know employees of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, or am involved with the Foundation in some way?

Yes, you can still take part. Just follow the guidelines like all other entrants. Pioneers is all about awesome ideas, not about who you know!

Is there a deadline for registering my team?

Nope! The sooner you register in each season, the sooner we can send you support and give you some love. Remember that you have to make a video to submit your final make to us – that can take a bit of time. But there’s nothing stopping you from registering right up to the closing date for submissions.

I’m having problems registering a team – what do I do?

Any admin queries should be sent to pioneers@raspberrypi.org, and we will do our best to help you.

I want to start Pioneers at my school. Do you have any information about curriculum links for teachers?

We are currently in the process of creating a resource to help schools and teachers get things kickstarted. In the meantime, head over to our support page to find out more about what is involved in mentoring a team.

Can a mentor look after more than one team?

Yes, mentors can support more than one team. This may be appropriate at organisations and schools where more than one team is taking part in Pioneers.

Can we use code someone else has written?

Yes, as long as you credit the person who wrote the original code. We want to encourage you to develop your own coding skills, but we are also OK with you using existing code if you do so in an appropriate and honest way.

Can we enter something that we have already made?

Yes, you can enter a project that you have finished previously, as long as you’re able to put together a video show-casing it and the process of making it. We want to see your project in all its glory!

What happens if our mentor no longer wants to take part?

Teams need to have a mentor who is aged 18 or older to take part in the challenge. You can swap your mentor during the project if you need to do so. The new mentor should email pioneers@raspberrypi.org.

We didn’t finish our project – what can we do?

Make a video about it anyway! Why didn’t the project work? What took more time than you expected? What did you learn in the process? Tell us about your idea even if you didn’t get to finish it – some of our previous winners explained how massive their fail was and won a prize for that!

What should be in our submission video?

The aim of your video should be to demonstrate how you went about creating your Pioneers make, even if you ended up failing epically. We want to see everything, warts and all. If you’re recording your making process throughout the all its stages, you’ll have lots of footage and pictures to choose from when trying to tell us that story.

Think about answering these questions in your video:

  • What is your make?
  • What does it do?
  • How does it work?
  • What problems did you come across in your build? How did you find a solution?

Make sure to show your video to someone who isn’t on your team before you submit, and see if they can answer the above questions without any help! That’s how you know you’ve hit the nail on the head.

We have also put together a handy video guide on how to make a great submission video – head over to our Support page to find it.

Finally, you can have a look at some of the previous winning entries to see how they made their videos and to get some ideas!

Do I have to be filmed?

We would like to encourage all team members to feature in the video, so that we can see how well you worked together and who did what. Don’t worry if you really don’t want to be filmed, though – just make sure your team tells us what you did. Maybe a puppet version of you could feature in the video?

How many entries can we submit?

You can submit as many entries as you like! However, remember that quality counts over quantity. If you complete your entry before the submission deadline, we would encourage you to spend the time you have left making improvements to your work and crafting your submission video.

I’m having problems submitting an entry — what do I do?

Any admin queries should be sent to pioneers@raspberrypi.org, and we will do our best to help you.

How will we know that you’ve received our entry?

Entries should be submitted online via our entry form. If the entry is successfully received, an automated email response will be sent to confirm this.