Shortlist announced for Marty's Coding Party 2018

Young innovators from 33 Edinburgh schools are to compete in a battle of robots as part of a coding competition.

The competition was launched by partners the City of Edinburgh Council and CGI, through their Community Benefits Fund. The aim is to encourage children in Edinburgh’s schools to get more involved in coding and gives them a chance to win £1,000 to spend on IT equipment for their school. The partners are also working with Edinburgh-based robotics-startup Robotical, who have developed Marty the Robot, a fully-programmable, wifi-enabled walking robot.

Marty’s Coding Party Competition 2018 is aimed at P5 to S2 pupils and will challenge them to explore coding and robotics as they programme their Marty the Robot to do a range of different challenges such as walk, turn, pose, dance, kick a ball and balance.

Last month, schools applied to take part and the successful teams have been announced. They will receive their Martys this week, supplied by the CGI Community Benefits Fund, and get to work personalising and coding their very own Marty.

Later this month the teams will submit a video of their Marty in action and the judges from Robotical will decide on the finalists who will compete for the top prize.

The finalists will be invited to take part in a Grand Final at Forrester High School on Monday 18 June, where a panel of judges will decide on an overall winner with prizes also being awarded for creativity and technical skill.  

Council Leader Adam McVey, said: “Learning to code and use digital technologies is increasingly becoming an important part in today’s school curriculum as we continue to face a digital skills shortage in Scotland.  Introducing children to these subjects in a fun and engaging way will help open the door to some young people considering robotics and coding as a career for the future. 

“Through the competition, our pupils have the chance to develop their IT skills in a very fun and interactive way. Marty makes learning about coding, electronics, and mechanical engineering a fun, challenging and engaging process. I look forward to seeing the entries.”

Justene Ewing, Partnership Director - CEC and Vice President, Consulting Services at CGI said: “Hiring and developing local talent is key to CGI’s client proximity model, so it’s in our interest to ensure that Scotland has a digitally skilled workforce for the future. By encouraging children to get involved in a fun as well as educational way, we hope that we will see more young people considering IT as a valuable career option that is full of opportunity. We look forward to seeing what the pupils at the 33 schools across Edinburgh can get Marty to do and wish them all the best of luck.”

Sandy Enoch, CEO and Founder at Robotical, said: “I’m really excited to see the entries coming in from schools across Edinburgh. Marty has been developed to promote creativity and learning and act as an entryway into computer sciences so it’s great to see the excitement from the schools.

“We live in a world where technology is all around us, and this is only going to increase. Whether we are talking about robot vacuum cleaners or self-driving cars, it’s really important that everyone knows a bit about how the world around them works. Through this competition I hope pupils who might not normally engage in STEM subjects gain a better understanding of the potential of robotics and coding.”

A link to a video which explains the competition can be found https://vimeo.com/265158058 

 

Schools taking part: 

Balerno Community High School Gilmerton Primary School
Boroughmuir High School Holy Rood High School
Bunsgoil Taobh na Pairce Primary School Leith Academy High School
Canal View Primary School Longstone Primary School
Carrick Knowe Primary School Queensferry Primary School
Clermiston Primary School Rowanfield Primary School
Colinton Primary School Royal Mile Primary School
Corstorphine Primary School Sciennes Primary School
Craigmount High School St Andrew's Fox Covert RC Primary School
Craigour Park Primary St Augustine's High School
Currie High School St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School
Dalmeny Primary School St David’s Primary School
Dalry Primary School St Mary’s Primary School
Firrhill High School Victoria Primary School
Flora Stevenson Primary School Wardie Primary School
Forrester High School Woodland Primary School 
Forth View Primary School  

 

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