Made IT Happen schools take home technology prizes

Schools from Scotland, London and the North West were named winners in the Made IT Happen challenge.

Schools from Scotland, London and the North West were named winners in the Made IT Happen challenge.

Made IT Happen is aimed at primary school pupils aged nine to 11 years who are using technology to help their school or local community.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony with MPs in Westminster on Monday 15 October.

Joint first prize was awarded to Thomas' Battersea School in London and Woodhill Primary School in Bishopbriggs in Scotland. Pupils at Thomas' Battersea used ICT to make a DVD to help them to raise funds for their local community centre. The DVD, showing the importance of the centre's work, was shown to potential sponsors. Christopher Smith, director of technology, e-Learning and learning resources at Thomas' Battersea, said, "They wrote, presented and produced the DVD themselves and managed to raise substantial additional funds for the community centre. The project also gave the students a chance to develop their technical, writing and communication skills as well as boosting their self-confidence."

Students at Woodhill Primary School in Scotland developed podcasts and blogs for use as creative learning materials. The new materials were then shared with partner schools in Scotland, England, France, Trinidad, Tobago and China.

Susan Buchanan, principal teacher at the school, said, "The aim was to motivate the students and get their work out of the school context and into the wider world. It is amazing how motivated and engaged the students are about using these technologies."

The runner-up was St Nicholas CE Primary School in Crosby, North West England, where a talented technology student developed a series of computer-based mathematics games to bring the subject to life.

The three winners were chosen from 12 regional winners. The competition was organised by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee, PITCOM, and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and telecoms.

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