The deadline for entries to the Google ‘Call to Code’ online coding competition for post primary students is fast approaching. This is the second year of the competition designed by Google Ireland to find the coders and computer scientists of tomorrow. Post primary school teachers have until midday Monday 23rd of November to register their students to take part in the competition.

Google has provided online resources at www.calltocode.ie for students and teachers, from complete beginner to advanced level, to help them to practice and develop their coding skills ahead of the first round of the competition which will take place online on Wednesday 25th of November.

“This competition is open to all post primary school students, even those who are completely new to coding,” said Claire Conneely, Education Manager, Google Ireland. “We created this competition to gain a better understanding of the knowledge of and interest in coding at post primary level. We want as many students as possible to take part and try out coding and perhaps they will find that they have a hidden talent because successful coding is about logic: if you can think logically, you can code.”

She added, “This is also a great resource for teachers who are trying to encourage students to learn to code and to develop the skills of young people who are already enthusiastic about coding. Teachers play a vital role in computer science education and Call to Code is designed to support teachers in encouraging students to code and study computer science.”

Registered students will be invited to take part in the first round of the competition on Wednesday the 25th of November where they will be set challenges and coding puzzles by Google engineers. From this stage of the competition, 40 finalists will be selected to come to Google’s EMEA Headquarters in Dublin on the 9th of December to take part in the final round of the competition. Students will be in with a chance to win some great prizes for themselves and there is also a prize for teachers with the largest number of students entered into the competition.

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