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Clever coders could win IT equipment for their school

School children in Abergavenny are in the final of a DVLA competition with their invention - a cycle safety simulator.

Hywel Lewis, 10, Ella Gribbin, 10 and Sophia Elias, nine, of Our Lady and St Michael’s Primary School, created a game about cycle safety in response to a DVLA call to make a road safety game using Scratch, a coding language for learners.

The DVLA code challenge, in association with Code Club and the STEM Ambassador hub Wales, Incredible Oceans, Brake, The four Police Forces in Wales and School Beat, Road Safety Wales, The Fire and rescue Service and the British Army, asks young people to build a game that highlights how young people can spot hazards and stay safe while cycling.

First prize is £3000 of IT equipment for the school.

The group of talented pupils are one of just five groups to have made it through to the final of the competition, which will take place on Tuesday, November 28.

They have already earned their school £750 worth of IT equipment by making the final.

 

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.