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[12th May 2020]

COBIS student competition

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2020 Coding Challenge! The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions.

Coding is fast becoming a core competency for many careers, but it also provides children with skills such as reasoning, creativity and resilience.

During the competition, children used Discovery Education Coding to gain a firm understanding of coding concepts like algorithms, sequences and variables – while practising computational thinking through problem-solving and the breaking down of tasks into logical steps.

Quick links: Winners | Register your interest | Special offer for COBIS members

This year’s winners are:

7-12 yrs category

  1. King's College, The British School of Alicante, Spain
    Joseph G (9)

  2. The British Junior Academy of Brussels, Belgium
    Irene A (11), Hannah F (10), Awen M (10), Ilaria R (10)

  3. British School Muscat, Oman
    Abdulrahman T (12)

5-6 yrs category

  1. King's Oak British International School, Romania
    Calin T (6)

  2. Grange School, Nigeria
    Morinsola S (6)

  3. Dubai English Speaking School, United Arab Emirates
    Tanish D (5)

All participants will be contacted over the coming weeks, with a downloadable certificate. Winners will be contacted separately and supplied with the judge's feedback/prize.

Join us next year!

Would your students like to take on next year's coding challenge? They'll compete against other COBIS schools around the world to create their own app.

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Are you looking to experience our coding resources for yourself?

We're currently offering COBIS members two special promotions:

  • Extended free access to Discovery Education Coding

    Request today and receive unlimited access until 31st July 2020! Teachers will get their own login and can use the extensive lesson plans in class to teach the fundamentals of coding. Schools taking a self-guided approach, during closures, can download our student guides and allow children to code from home.

    You'll be provided with a shared student account, so no class lists are required.
  • Subscription discount

    Sign-up before the 31st August 2020 and you'll get a 10% discount off year 1 of your subscription. An annual whole-school subscription is available from £235. To claim this offer, enquire using the link below - which will allow us to send you an exclusive promo link.

Discovery Education Coding

Take your students on a coding journey! Introduce children to coding using visual blocks, or block coding, enabling them to master key coding concepts without having to worry about the precise syntax. Once their confidence grows, extend their skills with our HTML and Python tutorials.

  • Step-by-step lessons guide students through a thoughtfully graduated sequence.
  • Video tutorials present the code that students will learn, highlighting terminology.
  • Debugging tasks and error codes help pupils problem solve.
  • Free code ignites students’ creativity.
  • Comprehensive lesson plans ensure all teachers are fully supported.

"Discovery Education Coding is a consistent resource and it works. As a leader, this is invaluable as there are no unexpected surprises. It’s a complete solution and very cost-effective. Our teachers rely upon it, why would we change it?" - Hannah Tudor, Head Teacher

Supporting Member of the Year Award

The COBIS Supporting Member of the Year Award celebrates the fantastic work their Supporting Members do with COBIS schools every year.

  • Winner of the Award - 7billionideas
  • Runner Up - Discovery Education

Students were tasked with creating an app around the theme 'Journeys'.

All students were able to access the brilliant tutorials on the Discovery Education website to help them understand the key skills needed to compete in the challenge. The tutorials are engaging and accessible for all students. The school had over 100 students enter their app for the competition with many of those students choosing to work during their lunchtimes to code their own app; illustrating just how enthralled students were.

Discovery Education was supportive every step of the way. They produced excellent guidance before the competition and gave ample time for students to complete suggested tutorials to help them to then go on and transfer their knowledge to create their own app. Students with little understanding of sequencing and selection were introduced to these concepts in a fun and informative method.

Judge’s Comments:

“The student engagement and impact was brilliant in this project - any project that results in pupils giving up their lunch hour to work is a huge win!”

“Demonstration of innovation and real engagement with pupils - setting pupils up with skills for life.”

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