Rosie Cooper MP is urging as many local primary schools as possible to enter the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school pupils aged between 9 and 11.
The theme of Make IT Happy 2011 is Pass IT On! The competition recognises and rewards the excellent and inspirational work primary schools do with IT, particularly how it can be used to reach out to wider communities. This year’s competition calls for schools to use IT to connect with people and make a positive impact on their lives.
In encouraging local primary schools to get involved, MP Rosie said:
“I hope as many local primary schools as possible can get involved with Make IT Happy this year. The competition offers a unique way for schools and pupils to engage with the wider community and make a positive impact on the lives of others, while at the same time enhancing their own knowledge of IT.
“I’m confident that pupils will enjoy the chance to work together on such an exciting and relevant project. Entries should be as imaginative as possible in order to capture the attention of the judges. The competition is all about giving young people a chance to use their imagination, creativity and technology skills and show how IT can make a difference to the world around them.”
The judges will be looking for entries which demonstrate innovative ways in which pupils have used technology to forge links with others. Projects could be as simple and as local as helping other members of the school community to use IT. Equally, projects could involve pupils linking up with schools and organisations in other parts of the country to share skills and experience, or even be international since many schools have close connections with British forces serving overseas and with schools in the developing world.
The competition is run by the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM), with support from e-skills UK and many other sponsors. As well as substantial prize money, the 12 winning schools are invited to the Houses of Parliament for a prize giving ceremony.
The closing date for entries is April 10th 2011
For more details, and to register your school, visit http://makeithappy.cc4g.net/
£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2011