A GROUP of computer science students at the Chaise School, Malvern, have been invited to the London headquarters of tech giant Google after winning a competition.

The students, Jake Walker, Joe Charrot, Adam Charrot, Will Scargill, Oscar Hoyle and Joshua Nixon, were named as one of the winning teams in the national computing challenge Raspberry Pioneers/Make It Outdoors.

They win an all-expenses-paid trip to Raspberry Pioneers Summer Camp, a very special event taking place at the Google's Kings Cross head office.

Dr Adrian Burden, organiser of the Raspberry Pi computer jams at the Wyche Innovation Centre, who has been mentoring the team, said; "“The coders demonstrated teamwork, project management skills, and imagination, coming up with their working Raspberry Pi-based plant irrigation device which integrated hardware with software all within a tight deadline.

"They also produced a great two-minute team video that succinctly described their prototype in a clear and engaging way.”

John Palmer, faculty leader for computing and business at the Chase, said: "I am delighted at the success of our students in this competition, they have worked so hard and it is thoroughly deserved. It is also vital that we encourage both creative entrepreneurial spirit and computer science, because the creation of small to medium technology companies could well provide the key to the UK's future economic prosperity."

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(Joe Charrot, Adam Charrot, Jake Walker, Oscar Hoyle, Will Scargill)