Pioneers, your next challenge is here!
Pioneers, the exciting, rewarding, innovative programme for 11-16 year olds, is ready to challenge you to create something new using tech.
Every Pioneers challenge is themed (for those who didn’t compete, the last one was ‘Make Us Laugh’)… So here’s the lovely Ana from ZSL London Zoo to reveal the theme of the next challenge:
You have until Monday the 10th of July to make something related to the outdoors. As Ana said, the outdoors is pretty big, so here are some ideas to get you started:
There are some beautiful free satellite images out there, why not use them to create your own landscapes?
RESOURCES AND DISCOUNTED KIT
We really want to see your creativity and ingenuity though; so we’d recommend using these as a starting point to build upon, rather than just doing something basic with them. And to help us out, the wonderful Pimoroni are offering 15% off kit for ourGetting Started with Wearables and Getting Started with picamera resources. You should also check out our new Poo Near You resource for an example of a completely code-based project.
YOUR PIONEERS TEAM
We’re looking for UK-based teams of between two and five people aged 11-16 to work together to create something related to the outdoors. We’ve found that in our experience there are three main ways to run a Pioneers team, but it’s up to you to decide how you’ll proceed when it comes to your participation in Pioneers.
You could organise a Group which meets once or twice a week. We find this method works well for school-based teams that can meet at the end of a school day for an hour or two a week.
You could mentor a Squad that is largely informal and probably already has a good idea of what they’re doing. A Squad tends to be more independent, and meetings may be sporadic, informal or online only. This option isn’t recommended if it’s your first competition like this, or if you’re not a techie yourself.
You could join a local Event that is meeting at a technology hub near you. We’re hoping to run more and more of these events around the country as Pioneers evolves and grows. If you think you’d like to help us run an event, get in touch! We love to hear from people who want to spread their love of making, and we’ll support you as much as we possibly can to get your event rocking along. If you want to run an Event, you will need to pre-register on the Pioneers website so that we can get you all the support you need well before you open your doors.
For more ideas of previous entries, here’s the winner announcement video for the last Pioneers challenge: