Feature: Computer Science Competition Encourages Pupil Ideas

AQA_Computer_Science_logo_1Opportunities for students and industries to engage are few and far between and this is especially so for secondary school-aged students.  Universities are well connected with industries, but access for under 18s is limited.  That’s why AQA, Capgemini and e-skills UK have joined forces to create the first ever AQA Computer Science competition.

 Tom Galvin, Customer Support Manager for AQA ICT and Computer Science explained, 

We get to see and hear about a staggering amount of creativity amongst students, but there is a real shortage of opportunities for industry to see it.

The beauty of this competition is that it is all about students’ ideas.  They don’t have to write a program or create an end product.  They can if they want to, but what we really want is give them a platform for sharing their ideas of how technology can be used to make something better.

[pullquote]Already over 70 schools have signed up.[/pullquote]The Computer Science competition launched last month and already over 70 schools have signed up.  It is open to all Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Individual and team entries are welcome.

Click here to download PDF poster to promote to your pupils.
Click here to download PDF poster to promote to your pupils.

Another unique feature of the AQA Computer Science competition is how they are encouraging creativity.  Student entries can be presented by video, stop-frame animation, a song or good old pen and paper.  The most important thing is that students identify a problem that technology can solve and then explain their solution.

There is a website packed full of resources for inspiration and how to register.  The winner will receive a workplace experience with Capgemini.  Register your school today via the link below to ensure your students make the most of this opportunity.

aqa.org.uk/computersciencechallenge

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