Closing date fast approaching for National ‘Scratch’ Coding Competition

CLOSING DATE FAST APPROACHES FOR CODING COMPETITION

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Monday, 19th February 2018: Ireland’s young coders and tech enthusiasts are being invited to compete in the National ‘Scratch’ Coding Competition.

The National ‘Scratch’ Coding Competition is open and looking for Ireland’s young coders from junior infants all the way up to sixth year. Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. It is used in more than 150 different countries and available in more than 40 languages.

Last year Tullamore College in Offaly was named overall winner and took home the top prize for its entry ‘The Crickenbawn’ at the National Scratch Coding Final.

Schools all over Ireland are now invited to register and take part in this year’s competition. The 2018 Scratch National Final will take place during Tech Week 2018 (22nd – 28th April). Final competition is on the 25th of April. The closing date for registration is 23rd February 2018. Further information and registration details can be found on scratch.ics.ie or www.scratch.ie

The National Scratch Competition has established itself among teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators and coders. Interest and participation has been increased each and every year. In 2017, the national competition attracted over 545 young entrants with 30 projects making it to the national finals.

The competition is run by the Irish Computer Society (ICS) and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre.

Mary Cleary, Deputy CEO, ICS said, “The aim of Scratch is to encourage young minds to imagine, invent and explore with technology, while still having fun picking up essential skills that will prepare them for the future. It provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about how computing and related technologies are shaping every area of life.” 

Clare McInerney, Education and Outreach Manager in Lero commented “Many of today’s school children will go on to work in jobs that do not yet exist. Coding skills are therefore crucial if they are to keep pace in a fast-changing employment market that will require mental agility, flexibility and imagination. The aim of the competition is to stimulate thinking around future opportunities for study and careers in technology, through learning in the wider areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.”

Scratch is open to individual students, classes and groups from junior infants right up to 6th year in secondary and after-school coding clubs such as Coderdojo.