Schools to look for best technology use

‘Made IT Happen’, a new competition for primary school students aged nine to eleven who are using technology to help their school or local community, is launched today by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and Telecoms.

The UK-wide challenge is looking for student-led projects that show initiative and imagination, make the most of the school’s available ICT resources and can demonstrate fit within the national curriculum.

Andrew Miller, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and Chairman of PITCOM said: “There is a lot of excellent work with technology going on in the UK’s primary schools. Young people are being encouraged to use technology creatively for activities that range from running clubs and networks to campaigns and community projects. ‘Made IT Happen’ will enable us to recognise and celebrate the best of this work.”

Karen Price, CEO, e-skills UK said: “It’s amazing what young people can do when they are given access to technology. It harnesses their natural energy and enthusiasm, providing them with an opportunity to stretch their imagination and learn how technology can make a positive contribution to their world.”

Tim Boswell, Conservative MP for Daventry and a member of PITCOM’s council, added: “Technology has become an integral part of the way we live, learn and work. As a result everyone needs to have some level of IT skills. Primary schools across the UK are using ICT not just to enhance learning and extra-curricular programmes, but to help young people acquire vital skills for the future.”

The competition will include Regional and National winners, each school will receive a cash prize and a chance to visit Parliament in Westminster to have tea with MPs and meet other winning schools.

Entries can be any format - the more creative the better. They should include an outline of a challenge or opportunity the school faced, a description of the how ICT was used to address this, and what the result was – with a focus on the students’ contribution, progress and achievement.