Make IT HappyThe Parliamentary Technology Committee (Pitcom) and E-Skills UK are offering schools thousands of pounds in prize money in the annual “Make IT Happy” technology challenge.

Now in its third year, the competition challenges students aged 9 to 11 to use technology creatively and imaginatively - and make people happy. The contributions can range from video sketches to radio shows, to interactive websites, to downloadable podcasts - in fact anything that can make people laugh while having a positive impact on their local community.

Andrew Miller, Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston and chairman of PITCOM says: “'Make IT Happy' presents a fantastic opportunity for pupils to pull together and come up with an exciting and imaginative technological solution which will make people smile.”

The competition is open to all UK schools, and regional winners will get £1,200 each provided by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society. Further cash prizes will be awarded to the three overall winners.

The deadline, July 31, 2009, allows schools to use curriculum work for their contributions.

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