England’s Cricket World Cup triumph, a new Prime Minister in No. 10 and the Love Island finale. Fair to say, it’s been an eventful summer.
The Hopscotch office has been no exception, with several major launches and projects delivered in already. In early July we helped launch Vodafone’s new nationwide competition for schools - the Digital Creators’ Challenge.
Digital skills are key to the jobs of tomorrow, yet only 12% of students (RACE report, 2018) chose computing or computer science qualifications at GCSE in the UK. There’s a huge digital skills gap in the younger generation; the future workforce of our most advanced technological age.
Through the competition, Vodafone is connecting schools, their local communities and the careers of tomorrow by challenging students aged 11-14 to use their creativity, teamwork and digital skills to come up with an app that will improve the lives in their local community.
The programme offers training from Vodafone experts, practical hands on tasks and access to online materials including webinars and toolkits. Schools that enter will be in with the chance of winning up to £6,000 for IT equipment and an exclusive Vodafone HQ experience where they will have the opportunity to meet different staff and learn all about the careers of the future.
Hopscotch has been working with a team of experts from Apps for Good who are developing the teaching resources and TeachFirst who are recruiting from their network of schools. The team is also organising ‘App in a Day’ workshops for schools in Government-identified Opportunity Areas to increase engagement in areas of low social mobility.
The competition is now open for entries just as students return for a new school year so they can get stuck into the specially designed resources. So, help us spread the word and get your local school involved – you can register here to find out more. See more via our influencer partnership with 20 year-old entrepreneur Ben Towers here and the Vodafone Foundation’s Twitter feed here.
With the new school year upon us, 2019 is showing no signs of slowing down!