Pioneers Themes

Challenge theme: Make it outdoors

Your next challenge, if you choose to accept it, is…

MakeYourIdeas The second Pioneers theme is here! Wahoo! We’re looking for UK-based teams of two to five people aged 11-16 to make something ‘outdoorsy’ with tech. Are you up for the challenge? Head to the Pioneers website for more details and to register your team:

You have until the 10th of July to Make it outdoors. This is your opportunity to take technology and put it in the real world. We’re looking for teams of two to five people (aged 11 to 16) to show us how you can make technology affect the way we do thing outdoors.
Entrants will get sent swag for taking part and submitting their final make, and the most awesome entries will also win one of the following prizes:
WOW: a place at the Pioneers camp on Friday 28  July in London, attended by Raspberry Pi Foundation staff and some of the world’s most amazing technologists!

AMAZING: the chance to turn your amazing make into a resource so that other people can be blown away by your brilliance!

FANTABULOUS: make a video with the Raspberry Pi team and feature on our YouTube channel!

SPLENDID: have a whole article written about your greatness for our magazine, The MagPi, or the Raspberry Pi blog

Now, what do we mean by tech? Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, hacked toys, an app that tricks your friends, massive amounts of LEDs and buzzers… Whatever you want to use, provided it could be described as ‘tech’, is absolutely fine. All you need to do is to use digital technologies to make your project. That might mean programming a computer, building a website, hacking some hardware, building a prototype, or using a 3D printer, to name a few possibilities. It’s much more hands-on than just checking your email or creating a PowerPoint presentation, though. The clue is in the hashtag: #MakeYourIdeas.

If you’re looking at all of this and thinking you don’t know where to start, this time round we’ve curated three starter projects to help ease Pioneers into the world of digital making. These projects are a good place to get a feel for digital making, and are flexible enough that they can be adapted in lots of different ways. Pimoroni are offering 15% off kit for these projects to all Pioneers participants. Details will be sent to you when you register your team

If you’ve not tried any digital making before, these starter projects are a good way to give you a taste for making something using tech
Getting started with PiCamera (requires a Raspberry Pi)
Getting started with wearables
(No kit is needed for this last one) Using Google Maps: Poo near you

We really want to see your creativity and ingenuity though, so we’d recommend using these as a starting point rather than just doing something with them. For the wearables, you could try adding some sensors, or perhaps program it to flash signals? For the camera project, what could you record out and about in the world?

Below we’ve brought together some projects we like to spark off some ideas – you could try some of them out to level up your skills before tackling your own laser-eyed, robot shark…