Carlisle Area High School students vie for HU scholarships

Three Carlisle Area School District students enrolled in a class offered by CASD and supported by Harrisburg University of Science and Technology will be awarded scholarships to HU on May 13 following a lengthy programming and physical computing project.

Last year, participating students were challenged to learn programming, robotics and artificial intelligence using Raspberry Pi microcomputers provided by HU. Student projects will be showcased online on May 8. Scholarships of $1,500, $1,000, and $750 will be awarded to the top three finalists.

Because of the current work-at-home guidelines, presentations and judging will take place online during the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13. The top five finalists will keep the Pi computer they used for their project.

Some of the projects to be highlighted will include a self-programmed video game, an interactive mirror that will display a variety of useful data for the user, a digital metronome that uses a flashing LED and that interacts with a fretless bass, and a retrofitted Nintendo handheld game console that now runs on a PI.

With an installed base of over 12.5 million units, Raspberry Pi’s are $39 computers that have been used to teach programming, science and mathematics. And they have inspired a new generation of makers who are using the devices to follow the guidance of the Pi’s inventor to “create something awesome.”

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