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Camden students rise to Coding Challenge

Camden students rise to Coding Challenge

Camden students rise to Coding Challenge

19 Aug 2015

IBM’s Chief Executive (UK and Ireland), David Stokes, joined students from eight Camden secondary schools at the borough’s first-ever Coding Challenge event.

Mr Stokes presented medals for achievement to Year 8 students who completed a series of tasks, including programming Lego robots and Engduino devices, as well as talking to them about opportunities in the tech industry.

The event on Friday 10 July at the Camden Centre, King’s Cross, was a celebration of the innovative work to promote coding and computing – called ‘Get Camden Coding’ - in Camden schools, as well as the strong partnerships between schools, tech companies and universities in the borough.

Mr Stokes told students: "Technology is profoundly changing the way we work and live our lives. It presents a tremendous opportunity for those who develop the right digital skills, to drive world-leading innovation in the UK."

Colin Hamilton, head of computing at William Ellis School, said the Coding Challenge event was a “fun and exciting” way for students to participate in programming challenges.

Ros Fryer, head of computing at Acland Burghley School, said: “The students loved it. They have had a great day.”

Regent High School was the overall winner of the Coding Challenge, with Acland Burghley School finishing second. Hampstead School and Maria Fidelis School shared third place.

The other four schools taking part on the day were William Ellis, Camden School for Girls, Parliament Hill and La Sainte Union.

As part of Get Camden Coding, the Council has invested £250,000 over three years in programmable robots and creative computing in secondary schools, which has helped to double students’ participation in computing related A-levels across our local secondary school sixth forms

All state secondary schools in the borough have been participating in a series of innovative lessons provided by specialist trainer, the Film and Video Workshop. The lessons, complemented by training for teachers, are part of a partnership with University College London’s Department of Computer Science.

The Council also runs a City Learning Centre for children and teachers to learn how to program and use the latest digital learning technologies.

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