Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member – Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, is urging local primary schools to enter a Wales-wide competition aimed at developing children’s computer skills. Schools can enter teams of up to five children to The DVLA Code Challenge, which invites them to design a computer game from scratch.
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 way.
Schools have until October 6 to enter.
Cllr Raynor said: “Among the council’s policy commitments is a pledge to work with schools and other partners to ensure pupils have the right skills to enjoy well-paid careers in the new economy when they leave school.
“Learning coding enables young people to create their own websites, understand the technology that is now shaping our world and gain employment in or even start their own technology business.
“A fundamental part of the Swansea Bay City Deal is to develop our digital infrastructure and the skills of our workforce. We are looking at ways to encourage our schools to focus more and more on the importance of coding and this competition is just one way of doing that.”
Schools whose entries are shortlisted will be invited to attend the DVLA Code Challenge 2017 prize day at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea on 28 November. BBC Wales News and x-Ray presenter Lucy Owen will be hosting the event and the best entries will receive prizes of IT equipment up to the value of £3,000 for use in their school.
More information on the competition and event can be found at the competition website: dvlacodechallenge.dvla.gov.uk