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October 25, 2013 AT 4:00 am

University of York Issues Raspberry Pi and Pi Challenge to Incoming Freshmen to Start Before Arriving for Coursework #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

University of York Issues Raspberry Pi and Pi Challenge to Incoming Freshmen to Start Before Arriving for Coursework, via RaspberryPi.org!

…Freshers were given a Raspberry Pi when they won a place at the university back in August, and had been spending the time before arriving in York working on two challenges. Blue Pi Thinking challenged them to come up with the most creative use of the Pi they could think of; and BattlePi had them programming their Pis to beat all other entrants in a class-wide Battleships competition.

Gordon mailed me from his phone while he was there:

“I’m amazed by the quantity and quality of entries and the way they’re working together to improve their code as they go through the Battle Pi part of the contest…  I sat down with one guy who was trying to find out why his code had crashed in the middle of a game, and then while describing it to his opponent he suddenly saw the problem! (I obviously explained at this point why people do code reviews!)”

Here’s some video from the day. We’re incredibly impressed at what people were producing; we hope that some of the participants will find time to write their projects up and share them with us….

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