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Help to make the MOOC! Cambridge partnership launches ‘Hour of Code’ Competition

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Published by Hayley Enright for Livewire Public Relations in Education

The Cambridge-based partnership of global schools publisher Cambridge University Press, exam board OCR, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation today launched their Hour of Code: Cambridge GCSE Computing Competition.

The competition, which was inspired by the national Hour of Code Week, gives UK schools and students the opportunity to share their innovative coding projects by creating their own videos to introduce others to the pleasures of coding.

The awards are split into three categories: creating a video introduction to coding, creating a video for Variables and Constants or Arrays, and creating a self-marking test.

The winning entry in each category will win a class set of Raspberry Pi microcomputers and £500 computing vouchers for their school. In addition, the best entries will be included on the Cambridge GCSE  Computing (MOOC) itself.

The Cambridge GCSE Computing Online MOOC is a free resource designed to help teachers and GCSE computing students learn the basics of computer programming and demystify the world of algorithms, logic gates and RAM.

The closing date for the competition is 17 March 2014 and the finalists will be announced at the Technopop ‘Celebrating Innovation week’ in April 2014. The competition is open to all schools in the UK with student’s aged 11–16. 

For more information, please visit the competition website:  http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/hoc-competition-2014

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