Following on from the success of the 2018 and 2019 events, Grŵp llandrillo Menai and Sgiliaith have just launched the 2020 All Wales Coding Competition.

The aim of the competition is to promote computing and programming skills among children and young people across the whole of Wales.

The competition is aimed at 7-16 year olds, challenging them to create a computer game on the theme Welsh History and Legends.

The main sponsors this year is BT Cymru. Nick Speed, BT Group Director in Wales, said:

I'm looking forward to seeing what the young people come up with. We need to capture the imagination of our youngsters so that they have the chance to learn skills such as coding that will set them up for life, and possibly exciting careers in the field. I am confident that this year's competition theme will do just that, setting them up to tell the stories of Wales in a new way. At BT, our new Skills for Tomorrow campaign is looking to the future and will provide free digital skills training to 10 million people over the next five years.

Delyth Murphy, Head of the Centre for Widening Access at Bangor university, who is sponsoring the competition for the third time, added,

Bangor University's Centre for Widening Access is delighted to continue to support this important competition which attracts so much interest from our children and young people.

The 2020 All Wales Coding Competition was officially launched at Ysgol Bro Gwydir, where children at the resource centre have been busy developing their games for the competition. Nest Davies said,

Following the success of some of the Resource Centre pupils in the 2019 All Wales Coding Competition 2019, many of the children are keen to compete again this year! They love coding and the All Wales Coding Competition is something for them to work towards and gives their work a purpose. Coding is a fun way to develop vital skills, such as problem solving, numeracy, literacy, perseverance as well as developing pupils' confidence and a great opportunity for them to express their creativity. Skills that are essential for meeting the challenges of everyday life!

The competition will contribute significantly to the Welsh Government's aim of getting more children and young people into these areas of growth in Wales, and will also be an opportunity to ensure that children are introduced to those skills which are in high demand.

The organizer and coordinator of the competition, Gwennan Richards, said: 

Coding is an extremely important skill in today's technological world. The 2020 All Wales Coding Competition will be a platform to show the world that we have here in Wales the young people who can meet the needs of local and international companies in these growth areas

The competition is open until March 31, 2020. For more information please visit our website www.codiocymru.co.uk or contact us on c3@gllm.ac.uk