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Computer code stars input their formula for success

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 06/05/2015

Alison Hamilton, head of CME Belfast, and David Stinson at the Beltec event in the Titanic
Alison Hamilton, head of CME Belfast, and David Stinson at the Beltec event in the Titanic
Sophia Sloan and Sinead Dillon
Gemma Crothers and Amy Cooper during the Beltec event in the Titanic Building in Belfast
Kainos CEO Tom Gray with top teachers Robert Johnston and Catherine Wiley at the Beltech Education Awards in Titanic Building
Trainee Teacher award Opal Perry with winner Victoria Cahoon of Stranmillis College
Simon Kinnen of Donacloney PS winner of the KS2 with Stewart Simpson at the Beltech Education Awards in Titanic Building

It's the language of the IT world. Now pupils and teachers are encouraged to learn computer code in order to pass on these vital skills to the next generation.

Seven winners of the National Coding Competition were announced last Friday as part of the BelTech event at W5 in Belfast.

The entrants were challenged to create websites in the competition run by Belfast-based Go Berserk company. There were two pupil winners at Key Stage 2 (8-11) and two in Key Stage Three (11-14) along with a student teacher winner; a teacher winner and runner-up teacher.

The Belfast Telegraph teamed up with Go Berserk to produce a series of lesson booklets as free special readers' supplements in February to teach pupils about code and how to produce websites. More than 250 young people and teachers attended the BelTech educational morning which aimed to inspire and inform young people of school age about the opportunities within the IT Industry.

Ian Simons, co-author of Go Berserk books and online tutorials, said: "The next generation of technologists has begun - no one knows where it will lead but Northern Ireland is getting geared up to lead the way."

Belfast Telegraph

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