Google launches second Call to Code competition

Call to Code 2015
Pictured: Darragh Gibbons, Mena Ogodo, Katie McHugh, Cian Jones, Ciara Gorman and Sean Flaherty of St Colmcilles School, Knocklyon, Dublin

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21 September 2015 | 0

Google has opened entries for this year’s Call to Code online competition for post primary students. This is the second year of the competition which drew 2,500 participants from 268 schools across Ireland in 2014.

Students and schools who are interested in taking part can register until midday on 23 November at the Call to Code website. Students are then encouraged to access the resources, from beginner to advanced level, through which they can develop their skills.

Entrants will be invited to take part in the first round of the competition on 25 November, where they will be set challenges and coding puzzles by Google engineers. From there 40 finalists will be selected to attend a grand final at Google’s EMEA Headquarters in Dublin on 9 December.

Students who submit correct answers to the challenges will each receive a certificate. The finalists across junior and senior categories will receive a Makey Makey keyboard builder. Third and second placed entries will receive Google Play vouchers; firsst placed entries will receive a Google Chromebook. A special teacher prize awards 10 Chromebooks for their school.

“Google Ireland created this competition to gain a better understanding of the knowledge of and interest in coding among students,” said Fionnuala Meehan, head of Google’s education committee. “Coding is for everyone, male and female, and successful coding is about logic. If you can think logically, you can code.”

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