Cracking coding at ATLP computing contest

Young innovators from seven partner academies went head to head in an annual computing tournament at Mere Green Primary this week, which saw pupils from Scotch Orchard code their way to victory.

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership’s third Annual Computing Challenge took place on July 8, bringing together year 6 pupils from ATLP’s Brookvale, Curdworth, Hill West, Mere Green, Slade, Scotch Orchard and William MacGregor primary schools.

The dynamic digital whizz kids put their coding skills to the test to control Spheros – small robotic balls, generously funded by Mere Green School’s parent teacher association (PTA) – in curling, water tasks and other computing challenges.

Expert coders from Curdworth Primary School took part in the contest

Competition was fierce, with Scotch Orchard navigating their way to win the coveted trophy.

Judges and spectators included the ATLP Trust Board’s Heather Morris and Katie Hale, also president of Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce; Tim Gee from Apple Education; and Apple premium resellers, KRCS. IMere Green has been awarded Apple Regional Training Centre status and the school is looking forward to offering and sharing best practice across the region.

This is the third time ATLP primary schools have competed in a partnership wide computing competition. Following the success of last year’s Sphero challenge and the previous Drone Day, this latest event took place over six weeks, with small groups of children coding their Spheros to travel through individual courses. Children then met at Mere Green for the final to code their Sphero through various challenges, with support from staff and ATLP IT leads.

Hill West’s team were among the competitors

Organiser Terri Coombs, Apple Distinguished Educator, IT lead for Mere Green Primary School and ATLP specialist leader of education (SLE) for computing, IT & Online Safety, said:

Congratulations to all our students for taking part and to our winners, Scotch Orchard, on their superb computing skills and teamwork. Throughout this competition, we have seen all year 6 pupils demonstrate fantastic coding and creativity. This event has boosted learning skills and confidence in a fun way, widened access to computing and brought together children from different schools.”