Pupils crack the code

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

PUPILS from Blaen­baglan Pri­mary School are cel­e­brat­ing scoop­ing first prize in a pres­ti­gious na­tional pro­gram­ming com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Swansea’s DVLA.

A team of bud­ding com­puter pro­gram­mers from the school in Port Tal­bot have been busy all term de­sign­ing their own com­puter game from scratch for en­try in DVLA’S Code Chal­lenge.

Their en­try, which was based on the theme of de­sign­ing an eco­log­i­cal sys­tem for a brand new planet, was voted the best in their age cat­e­gory by fel­low pupils, out of around 50 en­tries sub­mit­ted by teams of young­sters across Wales.

They were pre­sented with their award by DVLA chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Len­nard at a gala event hosted by the BBC’S Lucy Owen at DVLA’S dig­i­tal the­atre in Swansea on Tues­day.

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

The com­pe­ti­tion’s ex­pert judg­ing panel, tasked with giv­ing feed­back on the game de­signs, in­cluded chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Len­nard, the agency’s chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer Dave Perry and Swansea Coun­cil leader Rob Ste­wart.

DVLA chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Len­nard said: “The en­tries this year have sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions and I hope that many of these tal­ented young peo­ple will one day con­sider com­ing to work with us at DVLA.

“All the young peo­ple de­serve a huge ‘well done’ from us, but in par­tic­u­lar I would like to con­grat­u­late Blaen­baglan Pri­mary School and Cathe­dral School, on be­ing voted the win­ners in their age group cat­e­gories.

“There was a ter­rific at­mos­phere of fun and learn­ing through­out the pre­sen­ta­tion day, and I’m very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who’s played a part in mak­ing this year’s com­pe­ti­tion such a suc­cess.”

Emma Palmer, a teacher at Blaen­baglan School, said: “I’m thrilled by the pupils’ achieve­ment in com­ing first in the DVLA Code Chal­lenge. Cod­ing is, quite sim­ply, an es­sen­tial skill for the fu­ture and it bodes re­ally well for ev­ery­one that these pupils choose to de­vote a huge amount of their free time to an ac­tiv­ity they love, and that will help them so much in years to come.”

DVLA chief ex­ec­u­tive Julie Len­nard with win­ners from Blaen­baglan Pri­mary School.

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