Hundreds of Magherafelt pupils take part in global coding challenge

  • Over 250 primary and post-primary school students from Magherafelt have taken part in a global educational initiative, introducing computer science to them at a young age.

    Technology has become a crucial part of our lives, with an ever-widening skills gap and multitude of job opportunities, it has become critical to increase awareness and encourage students to pursue this career pathway. Young pupils are often not aware of the opportunities that are available to them and computer science feels out of reach to many of them, so it's vital that colleges engage with young people in our society.

    Computer Science Education week saw students around the world take part in the Hour of Code, with over 1,300 events being facilitated across the UK in a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science. Students studying IT at Northern Regional College’s Magherafelt campus organised various sessions for pupils, which were specially crafted to illustrate that anyone can learn the basics of coding and reaffirm the wider usage of those skills in society.

    "Coding is sometimes perceived as being incomprehensible to anyone but a ‘tech wizard’", explained Judith Knox, IT Lecturer at Northern Regional College, adding that "the Hour of Code sessions are a platform to explain to younger students that computer science is fun, creative and accessible to all – regardless of their background. It is an area that helps to nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity, something which is extremely important for their long-term personal development."

    SOURCE: Northern Regional College Press Release

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