Media release: Councils launch computer game competition for primary school pupils


PRIMARY school pupils in Moray and across north Scotland are getting the chance to take part in a competition to create a computer game.

The event is aimed at P6 and 7 youngsters who will come together at school in teams of four to develop key skills in collaboration, creativity and computational thinking as well as digital literacy.

The event has been backed by all eight education authorities in the Northern Alliance – Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

It has been developed in partnership with Education Scotland and is hoped it will become an annual event in the school calendar.

Two teams from each council area will be selected to participate in a grand final event involving around 64 pupils in Inverness later in 2020.

The event is based on the success of an Aberdeenshire-led GamesCon event which culminates with an event at RGU at the end of every school year since 2016.

The competition will help raise aspirations in computer science and encourage more girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, diminishing gender stereotypes and helping the youngsters develop real-life skills for learning, life and work.

Lead officer for the Northern Alliance and director of Children’s Services for Shetland, Helen Budge, said: “This is an opportunity to capture the imaginations of young people right across the Northern Alliance.

“Science and technology is for everyone regardless of your gender and we’re keen to push boundaries as well as enabling pupils to benefit from the collaborative approach the Northern Alliance is delivering for teachers across the area.

“We are very excited about this competition and the grand finale event next year.”

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Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.

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