Creating projects for social good
Creator Abhiy began coding at age seven with Scratch and Kodu, taught in his local Code Club, and in 2019 attended Coolest Projects International in Dublin. He created a Climate Change project which he built in the block-based visual programming language, Scratch. Abhiy says:
“This was my first remarkable success in coding … which gave me more confidence and motivation for exploring coding even more.”
In 2020, Abhiy wanted to create something with physical computing, and had the idea of making a home alarm system after seeing a rise in home robberies. Burglar Buster was part of the 2020 Coolest Projects online showcase and is a house alarm system made with a Raspberry Pi 4 coded in Python 3, and uses buzzers, sensors, LEDs, and a camera. Abhiy explains:
“So many burglaries going on in my local area inspired me to work on a Raspberry Pi–powered home alarm system coded in Python. The project was Tim Peake’s favourite in the Advanced Programming category at Coolest Projects 2020. This encouraged me even more to learn further.”
Taking part in Coolest Projects
Coolest Projects is a powerful motivator for young people and encourages them to develop skills in idea generation, project design and planning, coding and technology, user testing and iteration, and presentation. As with Abhiy, it also helps to build their confidence, and it’s an opportunity to get creative, have fun, be inspired by their peers, and be a part of something truly special.
It is completely free to take part in, and anyone, anywhere in the world, will be able to view the submitted projects on the Coolest Projects online gallery. Young people can participate with whatever they’re making.
If you know a young tech creator, encourage them to submit a project, whether it’s an animation, website, game, app, robot, or anything else they’ve built with technology. All project types at all levels of skill are encouraged, from beginner to advanced, and it doesn’t matter whether the project is a work in progress, a prototype, or a finished product.
Young people up to the age of 18 must register a project at coolestprojects.org before 3 May 2021 to be part of this year’s Coolest Projects showcase.