Pupils take part in coding competition

Education minister Kirsty Williams visited Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor in Gwynedd last week to attend the annual Wales Coding Competition.

The competition is aimed at promoting computing and programming skills among young people aged between 7-16 in Wales. This year, pupils were challenged to create a computer game based on the theme of discovery and adventure.

Supporters of the competition included Bangor University, Gwynedd Council, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Menter Môn, BT, Carl Kammerling International, Harlech Foodservice Ltd, and GwE.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in growing Codio Cymru – it’s really encouraging to see entries have doubled since last year,” said Williams.

“I’d also like to thank our partners Code Club, Technocamps, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and others for the work they do in promoting coding and ensuring their resources are available bilingually.”

Codio Cymru is part of a continued push by the Welsh Government to improve coding skills across Wales, having already invested £1.3 million in the cause. It’s working with education consortia, businesses and third sector partners to advance Wales’ IT curriculum.

Speaking about this investment, Williams commented: “Our new curriculum aims to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need for future jobs, and coding has a big part to play in that.

“Coding is included in the new Curriculum for Wales as part of the Science and Technology Area of Learning and Experience, which will be available for feedback next month.

“But we are not waiting for the new curriculum. Our ongoing investment in our young people’s digital and computing skills is about ensuring those in school now have the opportunity to develop essential 21st century skills.”

Aled Jones-Griffith , principal of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Coleg Menai, added:  “Coding is an ever growing subject and an important skill to have in today’s technological world.

“For a number of years our Pwllheli campus has worked closely with schools in Gwynedd to support the teaching of coding and to emphasise the importance of such skills for children and young people today.

“The aim of the competition is to showcase what Wales’ youth has to offer in this sector and to ensure our young people are leaving school and college with desirable skills and talents that will make them valuable assets in any workplace in the future.”