The All Wales coding competition awards ceremony was held on the 7th of March at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Pwllheli.

The aim of the competition is to promote computer and programming skills amongst 7-16 year olds across Wales. Pupils were challenged this year to use their coding skills to create a computer game for children and young people based on the theme ‘Discover and Adventure’ to coincide with Visit Wales ‘Year of Discovery’.

The award ceremony was opened by The Minister for Education Kirsty Williams. Her speech emphasized the important role of technology and coding skills to the Welsh Government's 2050: A Million Speakers strategy. Alongside this, it was noted the importance of technology as well as coding skills for future jobs in Wales.

Aled Jones-Griffith, Principal at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor and Coleg Menai also spoke at the event and emphasized the importance of such skills in the modern world. Then Dr Daniel Roberts, a former student of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Pwllheli and now a lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Bangor University gave an inspiring speech to the audience. 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 required to be the next big thing in technology with enough hard work and determination.

109 entries were received from 174 children and young people for this year's competition from schools and coding clubs across Wales. The standard of the competition was very high and the judges had a difficult job in choosing the winning games. The winners were;

Category 1 - Age 11-14 (KS3) Team

  • 1st Guto Felin a Cian Trefonwys, Ysgol Tryfan
  • 2nd Team IMF, Caerleon Comprehensive
  • 3rd P_C_C, Ysgol Tryfan

Category 2 - Age 11-14 (KS3) Individual

  • 1st Cian Griffiths, Ysgol Tryfan
  • 2nd Matilda Boyle, Ysgol Tryfan
  • 3rd Awen Dafydd, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy

Category 3 - Age 7-11 (KS2) Team

  • 1st Team SOH, Usk CiW Primary School
  • 2nd Team McJi, Usk CiW Primary School
  • 3rd Bro Banw Coders, Ysgol Bro Banw Coding Club

Category 4 - Age 7-11 (KS2) Individual

  • 1st Daniel He, Willowtown Primary
  • 2nd Alexander Besley, Ysgol Bryn y Môr
  • 3rd Owen Collings, Clwb Codio Ysgol Bodfeurig

Categori 5 - Special School

  • 1st Oliver Egelstaff-Thomas, Ysgol Bro Gwydir
  • 2nd James Hughes, Ysgol Pendalar
  • 3rd Cai Lloyd Spencer, Ysgol Bro Gwydir

Thank you to Dr Daniel Roberts, from Bangor University School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Adam Williams, Code Club Cymru, for judging the entries.

Thanks also to all sponsors for supporting the All Wales coding competition; Bangor University, Gwynedd Council, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, Menter Môn, BT, Carl Kammerling International, Harlech Foodservice Ltd, and GwE.

The Wales Coding Competition will continue in 2020. For more information visit www.codiocymru.co.uk or contact c3@gllm.ac.uk.