Competition aims to boost kids IT awareness

The 2008 'Make IT Happen' technology competition for primary school students aged nine to eleven has been launched by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM) and e-skills UK, in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Make IT Happen 2008 calls on schools to use technology, such as audio-visual materials, Web pages, or interactive posters, to describe how they would change an aspect of their local community for the better. Schools are encouraged to focus on an issue they really care about - such as tackling bullying or littering, helping to improve the local environment or supporting their community.

Judges will be looking for student-led entries that show initiative and imagination and make the most of students' technology. e-skills UK is making software resources and 'How To' guides available online to help schools design their campaigns.

Cash prizes will be available for the winning school from each of the English regions and Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In addition, three overall winners will be appointed.

"'Make IT Happen' raises awareness of the excellent work being undertaken in many of the UK's primary schools to help young people develop an understanding of technology," commented IET chief executive, Robin McGill. "Education is an inherent part of the IET's activities; through its work with schools, the IET promotes awareness of the engineering profession, and provides support for teachers of science, technology and information communications technology."/p>

The closing date for entries is 18 July 2008. Winning schools will be invited to come to the Houses of Parliament for an awards ceremony the following October.


Image: Make IT Happen 2008 calls on schools to use technology to describe how they would change an aspect of their local community for the better

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