BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, has selected more than 70 young people from 12 schools and a youth group in the Midlands to present their entries as finalists in the Challenge IT 2012 competition.
The competition to design a web-based application or website, digital animation, or mobile phone app was open to 11-19 year olds from schools and youth groups within the Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull and South Leicestershire area.
The final group of pupils have been chosen to present their entries at the Finals Exhibition and Awards Ceremony on 15 March at Coventry University. The event will be staged as part of National Science and Engineering Week 2012, with Merica FM presenter John Dalziel as the host.
Winners of the Challenge IT competition are set to win cash prizes for their school or youth group, and vouchers and certificates for individual team members. Small prizes will be awarded to all finalists. Prizes are being supplied by the awards sponsors, which include IET, Capgemini, University of Warwick, IBM and Fujitsu.
Irene Glendinning, who works at Coventry University and is chairman of BCS Coventry branch, said: “Competitions like this encourage children to take an active interest in computing and consider a career in the industry, which is vital to the continuing success of the profession.”
Glendinning said despite education secretary Michael Grove’s recent criticism of ICT in schools, competitions such as Challenge IT 2012 show that teachers and youth workers can inspire young people to be creative.
“Rather than being mere users of IT, the competition gives young people the opportunity to deliver a product, service or business solution,” she added.