Young­sters in line for lead­ing award

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

PUPILS from Blaen Baglan Pri­mary School have been short­listed for suc­cess in a pres­ti­gious na­tional com­pe­ti­tion be­ing run by Swansea’s DVLA.

A team of bud­ding com­puter pro­gram­mers from the school re­sponded to the DVLA’S chal­lenge to de­sign and build a com­puter game from scratch based around one of five themes re­lated to trans­port or the en­vi­ron­ment.

Their en­try has been short­listed as one of the best by com­pe­ti­tion judges at the DVLA, and the school is now set to win the lat­est IT kit for use in the class­room as a re­sult of their pupils’ skills in writ­ing com­puter code.

Teams from Gwyrosydd pri­mary in Tre­boeth, Ca­dle pri­mary in Fforest­fach and Pontl­liw pri­mary also re­ceived awards for be­ing among the best en­tries.

The DVLA Code Chal­lenge was first launched last year to pro­mote science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (Stem) sub­jects and IT learn­ing in pri­mary schools and com­mu­nity cen­tres in Wales. After the huge amount of in­ter­est last year, this year’s com­pe­ti­tion has been opened up to in­clude 11 to 14year-olds as well as the cat­e­gory for chil­dren aged 7 to 11, mean­ing pupils from sec­ondary schools can also show­case their skills and win IT prizes for their schools or com­mu­nity cen­tres.

Around 200 chil­dren and 150 adults are due to at­tend this year’s sell-out prize-giv­ing event hosted by the BBC’S Lucy Owen at the DVLA’S dig­i­tal the­atre in Swansea.

Sev­eral thou­sand pupils can take part in the day’s ac­tion via a live in­ter­net link to schools and com­mu­nity cen­tres across Wales.

DVLA IT man­ager and Stem am­bas­sador Mark Jones said: “We’ve been blown away by the stan­dard of en­tries to DVLA’S Code Chal­lenge this year. All those tak­ing part can con­grat­u­late them­selves.”

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