UK Primary Schools Coding Competition
Supported by WCIT, University of Northampton and STEM Ambassador Hub, East Midlands
The national Coding Competition has once again been a success with a 50% increase in the number of entries and an increase in the geographic areas entering the competition.
The WCIT Master, Lady Parmley (Wendy), attended the winning school to present the children with their shields, along with the organising party.
Teams of up to six children, aged between 8 and 11, were asked to make a two-minute video of a game they had written, using Scratch, with the theme of ‘Superheroes using their powers to do good’. The winning team, Super Squad, from Park Junior School in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, chose ‘Cut Out Ocean Plastics’ as their message and had a superhero who uses kinesis to have plastics in the ocean drawn to her.
The judges could not decide between second and third place so awarded second place to both Team Cha-Ching at Park Junior School and Team Trash at Meadows Primary School in Telford, who are in the photo below with their shields.
The three organisers were WCIT, The University of Northampton and STEM Ambassador Hub East Midlands.
Due to the shortage in coding skill, the organisers were inspired to encourage 8-11 year olds to have fun coding and hopefully spark a lifetime interest. The competition ran from January to May and teams were encouraged along the way by hints and tips and then a Certificate of Entry when they finally submitted their entry.
This year the organisers were delighted to be able to supply free of charge a package of 12 sessions for teachers to teach coding to their pupils - without having to do any preparation or have any previous coding knowledge. This is to address a major gap in teacher training, whereby very few primary school teachers have previously been taught coding. This package has been written by a teacher for teachers and has been funded by WCIT.
The judges also awarded Highly Commended to a few notable entries.
All in all, another successful competition. Watch this space for the 2019/20 Coding Competition!
Contributed by WCIT Liveryman, Jane Kimberlin