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Mark urges local primary schools to enter Make IT Happy competition

(January 28, 2011)

Mark is encouraging local primary schools in his Preston to enter into the Make IT Happy competition; a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school pupils aged 9 to 11. The competition is run by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM) and e-skills UK; the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. The competition is in its fifth year and is backed by more than 60 MPs from across the UK.

The competition recognises and rewards the excellent and inspirational work primary schools do with IT, particularly how they use it to reach out to their wider communities. This year’s Make IT Happy theme of “Pass IT On” calls for schools to use IT to connect with people to make a positive impact on their lives.

The judges will be looking for entries that demonstrate innovative ways in which pupils have used technology to forge links with others. Projects could be as simple and local as helping other members of the school community, such as younger children or support staff, to use IT. Equally, they could involve children linking up with schools or organisations in other parts of the country to share skills and experience. Projects could even be international, since many schools have close connections with British forces serving overseas, or with schools in the developing world.

£1,200 will be awarded to each of the regional competition finalists with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000. Winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony to be held at the Houses of Parliament in London in June 2011.

Mark said: “I have contacted all the primary schools in my constituency to encourage them to get involved with ‘Make IT Happy’ this year. I hope teachers and pupils will participate in this competition; it’s an excellent opportunity for children to use their imagination, creativity and technology skills and show how IT can make a difference to the world around them. Entries should be as imaginative as possible in order to capture the attention of the judges."

The closing date for entries is April 10th, 2011.

For further information and details of how to enter, visit the website at http://makeithappy.cc4g.net/

Website Link: http://makeithappy.cc4g.net/

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