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DVLA coding challenge sets sights on active travel

Monday 10th July 2017


Launched by the DVLA in June, the challenge is open to 7-11 year olds and is supported by Road Safety Wales and Brake, among others.

The challenge is to build a game using SCRATCH (a coding language) and is designed to help interested pupils develop problem solving, communication and teamwork skills - as well as improving their knowledge of computer programming.

Two of the competition’s four themes focus on road safety related issues:

  • Build a game that highlights how young people can spot hazards and stay safe while cycling
  • Build a game of how the world would look if there weren’t any cars on the road

Mark Jones, DVLA head of cyber security testing, said: “It’s important that as employers we actively support the development of IT skills in schools and communities, from grassroots early education upwards.”

Teams of up to five pupils from schools and community-based code clubs are being invited to participate in the competition.

Entries must be submitted by 6 October, with those shortlisted invited to attend the DVLA Code Challenge 2017 prize day at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea on 28 November.

The best entries will receive prizes of IT equipment up to the value of £3,000 for use in their school. Click here for more information on how to enter.




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