The 2017 BCS (Bedford Branch) School Challenge 2017 was launched in Mark Rutherford School on 19 January. This is the annual competition to showcase how computing is being developed in schools, how it is engaging pupils and enabling them for computing futures.
Students from middle schools in Bedford Borough will gather at Cranfield University on Friday 19 June at 2:00pm to find out if they have won the Bedford BCS Challenge, organised by the Bedford branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, together with Bedford Borough Council.
Over a hundred Year 7 and 8 students from local schools took part. The 20 teams who took up the challenge were asked to do the following tasks:
- Year 7: Use Scratch to illustrate the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, how they communicate with one another/ other systems
- Year 8: Use Alice to produce a game which supports student learning in another curriculum subject. Use a blogger to reflect on highs and lows of the project as it develops
Dr Ip-Shing Fan, Chair of the BCS Bedford Branch, said:
The aim of the competition is to help get schoolchildren interested in computer science and encourage them to use computers creatively. The response had been great and we've had some absolutely superb entries. It's fantastic to be working with local schools and potentially inspiring students to consider careers in the IT profession."
Students have been judged on their creativity; how they selected, used, combined and presented images and text; the appropriate choice and use of programming instructions and software; the clarity of the finished presentation in demonstrating the topic.
Prizes will be presented by Detective Superintendent Jon Gilbert, Force Authorising Officer, Bedfordshire Police, who is responsible for cybersecurity locally.
D/Supt Gilbert said:
"Initiatives like this are absolutely vital to educating young people about computer science and not only the risks, but also the positive benefits, associated with the growing cyber world. At Bedfordshire Police we already work very closely with schools to share knowledge and understanding about the threats posed by cyber-crime so that they can use technology in positive ways, such as those devised by the competition winners today. This kind of work could well inspire the police digital investigators of the future."
Prizes which include trophies, medals and electronic coding kits will be awarded at Cranfield University. The BCS Bedford Challenge is also supported by TNMOC (The National Museum of Computing) and Pilgrim Learning Teaching School Alliance.
Photo opportunity details:
Time: 2:00pm ahead of the announcement at 3:00pm
Location: Forum, Whittle Building (52), Cranfield University, Cranfield, MK43 0AL
The event will showcase the submissions and the winners will be presented with prizes.
Please confirm your attendance in advance with either: Ip-Shing Fan: I.S.Fan@cranfield.ac.uk Lisa.Ryder@mybiddenham.com or Jacqueline.Emkes@mybiddenham
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Three first prize trophies were awarded in the first ever Bedford BCS Challenge, organised by the Bedford branch of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, together with Bedford Borough Council. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony on 25 June at Cranfield University:
- The design prize was won by Verity Bowden, Holly Hawkins and Sophie Dennis from Mark Rutherford School
- The digital leaders prize was won Callum Stone and Ethan Roberts, Ryan Heath and Sheridan Heywood Muir from Marston Vale School
- The communication and animation prize was won by Max Ridley from Goldington Academy
Special mentions were made for Lucy Proctor and Jessica Buck from Mark Rutherford School for outstanding coding ability. Ryan Jessop and Lateisha Bedeu from Mark Rutherford School gained a special mention for the characters and humour in their project.
The judges commented that a lot of thought had been put into how characters move in the boundaries of the play area and how the controls worked. The games were very interactive, engaging and demonstrated high order skills in computing.
The competition was open to Bedford key stage 3 students (aged 11-14 and in Years 7, 8 and 9). Entrants were challenged to do one of the following tasks:
- Using Scratch coding to produce an animation film to illustrate how a computer works
- Using Kodu coding to create a treasure hunt, again illustrating how a computer works
- Explain how the internet works for the 'Digital Leader' award
Dr Ip-Shing Fan, Chair of the BCS Bedford Branch, explained "Congratulations to the winners and runners up. The number and quality of entries has been excellent, the majority coming from Bedford Middle Schools. The enthusiasm and creativity demonstrated indicate a high standard has been achieved in a very short time. We are delighted to work with the Bedford Borough Council."
The challenge was part of the branch’s engagement with local schools to excite students in computing and develop careers in the IT profession. The competition was timed to coincide with the introduction of the new Computing Curriculum in September 2014.
All participants were judged on their creativity; how they selected, used, combined and presented images and text; the appropriate choice and use of programming instructions and software; the clarity of the finished presentation in demonstrating the topic.
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said:
Encouraging children to gain expertise in technology means that the pupils in today’s school system can be prepared for tomorrow’s exciting world. Indeed, developing young peoples’ computer skills will benefit them throughout their lives and can help change the way they think.
For further information about the challenge please email either:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Ip-Shing Fan email: I.S.Fan@cranfield.ac.uk
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