E-Skills UK and the Parliamentary IT Committee (Pitcom) launched their IT competition for primary school students this week, in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
The Made IT Happen competition is for nine- to 11-year-olds, and asks schools to use technology such as the internet, cameras or interactive posters to describe how they would change an aspect of their community for the better.
Possible issues to tackle include bullying, littering and the environment. Judges will be looking for student-led entries that show initiative and imagination and make the most of students' technology skills.
Help and guidelines are available on E-Skills' website, and the winning schools will get cash prizes at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament. The closing date for entries is 13 July 2008.
Andrew Miller, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and Chairman of Pitcom said, "It is amazing what young people can do when they are given access to technology. 'Make IT Happen 2008' gives us an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the best of this work."
Karen Price, CEO of E-Skills UK said, "Technology increasingly underpins every aspect of our daily lives and can bring many benefits. We believe that that this year's challenge will encourage young people to use their technology skills while thinking about how they could make their world a better place to live in."
Robin McGill, chief executive at the Institution of Engineering and Technology said, "Make IT Happen raises awareness of the excellent work being undertaken in many of the UK's primary schools to help young people develop an understanding of technology."