DVLA Call All Pupils to Get Creative
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 between seven and 11 years old 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 four 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 being run in association with DVLA, Code Club, the STEM Ambassador hub Wales, Incredible Oceans, Brake, Road Safety Wales, the Fire and Rescue Service, the four police forces in Wales and the Army Reservists and 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 November 28.
Presenter Lucy Owen 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.
The closing date for entries is October 6.
To find out more about the competition visit dvlacodechallenge.dvla.gov.uk