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.

Engaging PlacesEnglish Heritage and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) have joined forces to create a website designed to tap into “the world’s biggest teaching resource” - the buildings and streets round you. The new site is part of the Engaging Places initiative developed to support teachers to utilise the buildings and places around them when helping children to understand why buildings and places matter. And it goes by the same name.

With the support of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Engaging Places looks at the whole built environment from grand historic buildings to the children’s own local neighbourhoods and streets. Visitors to the site will find activities, suggestions for lessons and visits. It can also be used for the new key stage 3 curriculum and Learning Outside the Classroom (another Government backed education programme).

S2R reporter, Rob, describes his experiences with this groundbreaking service

Rob and Steve ParryRob interviews Steve ParryThe iconic Football Association glass building in Soho is not the kind of place where you expect to hear hear the chatter of excited teenagers. Whenever I've seen it on the TV it has been the stage for football executives reading out statements about scandals, where the England team is announced and the FA cup draw is made.

Tonight it's full, with enthusiastic teenagers, education experts and teachers and sports stars: Steve Parry, Olympic bronze medallist, TV presenter and a legendary green pepper off Ready Steady Cook, Sarah Webb, one of the tantalising 'blondes in a boat' from the Beijing Olympics, and Giles Long, the inspirational triple-gold Olympic Paralympion. They are here to support the rapidly growing Supporter To Reporter (S2R) project.

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