PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS ACROSS WALES ARE BEING CHALLENGED TO WIN STATE OF THE ART IT EQUIPMENT FOR THEIR SCHOOLS BY DESIGNING A COMPUTER GAME
The DVLA Code Challenge is aimed at all primary school children aged 7-11 in Wales. Teams of up to five from schools and community-based code clubs are being invited to showcase their programming skills by designing a computer game from scratch, based around one of 4 different themes set by the event’s sponsors.
The challenge will enable pupils to develop their problem solving, communication and teamwork skills as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming in a fun and innovative way. It is one of a number of volunteer initiatives run by DVLA to engage young people in technology.
Teams whose entries are shortlisted will then be invited to attend the DVLA Code Challenge 2017 prize day at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea on 28 November. Lucy Owen (pictured below right, BBC News and X-Ray) will be hosting the event and the best entries will receive prizes of IT equipment up to the value of £3000 for use in their school.
Every primary school, library code club or community centre code club group that registers an interest, attends the event or watches the event via the live web link will be included in a fantastic prize draw.
DVLA Head of Cyber Security Testing and STEM Ambassador Mark Jones said:
“It’s important that as employers we actively support the development of IT skills in schools and communities, from grassroots early education upwards. DVLA really is an Agency that is actively engaged in encouraging technologists of all ages, providing opportunities for those with digital skills and talent to deliver our services now and in the future. If you introduce young people to computer science early, in a fun and interactive way, it will pay real dividends”.
The closing date for entries is October 6, so there’s still time for teams to get their entries in. Teams of up to five can register to take part in the competition and obtain more information on the competition and event– including all prize information and full terms and conditions – at the competition website: www.dvlacodechallenge.dvla.gov.uk