The 2019 Scratch Competition launched this week, to coincide with EU Code Week, taking place from 5th – 20th October. Run by the ICS Foundation and supported by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, the Scratch Competition promotes computing and software development at both primary and secondary school levels.

Since the inception of the Scratch competition in 2010 coding becoming much more popular and is seen as an essential skill for the future. Scratch is a visual programming language that encourages children to develop essential coding skills through fun and interactive learning. It challenges students to create stories, games and animations using software. It encourages innovation and creativity while giving them a taste of possible future careers in the IT sector where an estimated 73,000 new high level ICT openings by 2022.

Schools all over Ireland are now invited to register and take part in this year’s competition. The Scratch National Final will take place during Tech Week 2020 (28th March – 3rd April). The closing date for registration is Monday 10th February 2020.

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Abdul-Marteen Ojo from Confey College, Leixlip, Co. Kildare won the top prize for his entry ‘Magic Wizard’ at the National Scratch Coding Competition which was held at the University of Limerick as part of Tech Week 2019. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.
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  1. Alex

    Cian Mangan from h class, Ewan Fitzgerald from h class and Nathan Fitzgerald from d class in Cloghans Hill national school on the borders of Galway and Mayo are among 30 primary and secondary school students from across the country who were chosen for the national finals, which take place in the University of Limerick on h May, as part of Tech Week Ireland 2019. Cloghans Hill National School already has a proud history when it comes to national coding finals, while the school has also been selected to showcase their work with coding and scratch at the European Scratch conference in Cambridge in August.

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