In January Michael Gove stated he wanted to ‘give children the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of programming’
In response to this we have created The Primary Programming Challenge. This is open to any Bradford Primary School and is designed to introduce programming techniques through a fun and engaging competition. The first Challenge will run in the autumn term and will be repeated in the spring and summer term and is available to a maximum of 15 Primary Schools (we recommend year 5/6 pupils) at a cost of £250 (or £350 if transport is needed) per school as outlined below and will be delivered at The Innovation Centre Keighley (TICK) or The Innovation Centre Bradford (TICB). We will allocate places to schools on a first come first served basis and will contact each school to confirm their attendance and the dates for the various sessions.
Pupils from each of the schools will be working in teams of 3.
Introduction: This will be a full day session per school looking at how to program a Lego Mindstorms NXT vehicle and negotiate some simple obstacles. The teams will be then given a series of challenges and the top teams will represent their school in the semi-final knockout stage .
Semi Final: This full day session reinforces the basic skills from the first session. The teams of 3 pupils from each school will then compete against each other by programming their vehicle to successfully navigate a predefined course. The top teams will represent their school in the Grand Final.
Grand Final: All the final winners will be invited to a Bradford Grand Final to find the champion of champions!.
If you wish to apply to take part in this challenge please click here.