Our Year 12 Team brought home the Premier Farnell Technology Challenge Judges' Choice prize in a tightly-contested final showcase event on Tuesday 5th December. 

After weeks of exhaustive research and development, the final thirteen teams assembled at local events venue Aspire Leeds, where they had the opportunity to set up their stalls and present their final designs to a packed hall of visitors. The teams had been challenged to develop a working prototype for a piece of assistive technology marketed towards individuals living with physical or mental impairments, using a Raspberry Pi as the base.

The event was organised by Premier Farnell in association with Leeds Beckett University and Ahead Partnership. Premier Farnell's Ralf Buehler (Chief Sales & Marketing Officer), Cliff Ortmeyer (Global Head of Technical and Commercial Marketing) and Martin Persaud (Head of HR Technology) were among the judges - alongside representatives from Leeds Beckett, Leeds City Council and Yorkshire-based smart technology specialists Tunstall Healthcare.

“The standard was incredibly high across the board, with the students not only showcasing their design skills but also their ability to market themselves as they enthusiastically demonstrated their products for the judges and visitors. However, Prince Henry's Grammar School stood out for the creativity and attention to detail exhibited in their Automated Pill Dispenser (APD), which allows vulnerable individuals and their carers to schedule the release of their medications. Judging by the talent, enthusiasm and creativity on display at the event, we have high hopes that this event will just be the first step of a lifelong passion for electronics and innovation for all of the participating students. Next year's competitors have a lot to live up to....” said Premier Farnell.

Incorporating a range of programming languages including Python, HTML, CSS, Javascript and JSON, the APD has a dedicated website where users can create a schedule for any pill-based medicines they need to take, which is then written onto the devices memory. The device stores the pills and releases them only at the designated times. The user can push a button to confirm that the pill has been taken, with an option to send an alert to a designated contact if the pill is not taken within 30 minutes of being dispensed.

The Team from Prince Henry's won a Fitbit and a Raspberry Pi 3 each, a special trophy and a gift for their supervising teacher.

"This is a fantastic achievement for our students and the product they created was imaginatively designed and produced. This sort of competition is a great opportunity for our students to work on real life products for the real world. We like to offer our Sixth Form students as broad a range of opportunities as we can, to allow them develop their skills for life and this competition has shown that they certainly rise to the challenge." said Claire Willis, Head of Prince Henry's Sixth Form

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