Schools Innovation Challenge Launch - Can you Make a Jelly Baby Scream?
Over 100 schools from across the North East have signed up to take part in an innovation challenge to find the regions best developers and inventors using the revolutionary Raspberry Pi computer. 8-18 year olds will take part in 2 competitions, which will challenge them to use a basic computer device and coding languages to develop their own games, gadgets or inventions.
The challenge is called ‘Can you make a Jelly Baby Scream?’ and is based on a very simple piece of computer code and using a Raspberry Pi, 2 wires and some paperclips to develop a programme. Thousands of pupils will be taking part in the challenge which officially launched at Excelsior Academy in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Pupils using the Raspberry Pi will be coming up with their own ideas and inventions over the next 3 months and 106 schools have registered to take part in the challenge with schools from Hexham, Morpeth, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Darlington, Sunderland and Teesside all registering to run after school or lunch time clubs to encourage new developers and designers.
This project is backed by University of Newcastle and Computers at School (CAS) Hub network, and organised by regional IT consultancy Aegis IT, and Huawei.
Hundreds of Raspberry Pi’s have now been distributed free to schools across the region so pupils can take part in teams. A showcase final will take place in early 2015 to find the overall best designer/coders/inventors from our region.
David McPherson, Managing Director of Aegis IT commented: ‘We want to work with schools more closely to help develop the skilled IT developers of the future here in the North East. This challenge will enable hundreds of young people to take an early step into computer coding and developing IT applications. They will have fun while learning, and using the Raspberry Pi’s we have distributed free to participating schools, we will be able to develop direct contacts across the region.’
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