Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor welcomed guest speakers and bright young minds to the All Wales Coding Competition Awards Ceremony at its Pwllheli campus on 7th March 2019.

The primary and secondary school children were challenged to create a computer game on the theme of Discovery and Adventure, working hard for a number of months and achieving some great results. The competition introduces much sought after computer programming and coding skills to children at an early age and provides a good foundation of knowledge on which they can develop their skills in the technology industry later on in life. Contributing significantly towards the Welsh Government's objective to encourage more young people into important areas of growth in Wales, the awards ceremony recognises the children's hard work and achievements with great prizes to incentivise even more young people to take part in the future.

The Minister for Education Kirsty Williams paid a visit to the future coders and gave a presentation emphasising the importance of the competition. Commenting during the event, she said:

Our ongoing investment in the digital and computer skills of our young people ensures that those in school have the opportunity to develop essential skills of the 21st century.

I would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in growing Wales Coding / Codio Cymru - it's encouraging to see that the nominations have doubled since last year. I would also like to thank our partners Code Club, Technocamps, Raspberry Pi Foundation and others for the work they are doing to promote coding and to make their resources available bilingually.

Guest speaker at the event was Dr. Daniel Roberts, an ex-student of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, Pwllheli and now a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University. Daniel spoke about the humble beginnings of some of the biggest tech companies around today and how the children taking part in the competition had the skills and intelligence to be the next big thing with enough hard work and dedication.

Recognising the importance of such skills in the modern world for many years now, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai has been a leading provider of training and educational development, contributing advanced digital skills to the creative sector across North Wales. Aled Jones-Griffiths, the Principal at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Coleg Menai said:

Coding is an ever growing subject and an important skill to have in today's technological world. For a number of years our Pwllheli campus has worked closely with schools in Gwynedd to support the teaching of coding and to emphasise the importance of such skills for children and young people today. The aim of the competition is to showcase what Wales' youth has to offer in this sector and to ensure our young people are leaving school and college with desirable skills and talents that will make them valuable assets in any workplace in the future.

The All Wales Coding Competition will continue in 2020. For more information please visit our website www.codiocymru.co.uk or contact us on c3@gllm.ac.uk