Mike Hancock backs school IT competition

9/12/2011 (SM) ''A conference meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth on Friday 9th December 2011. Business leaders were talking about the progress so far and hearing about how Portsmouth is to become a one billion pound city by 2032.''Pictured is: MP Mike Hancock speaking during the conference.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114321-5998)
9/12/2011 (SM) ''A conference meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth on Friday 9th December 2011. Business leaders were talking about the progress so far and hearing about how Portsmouth is to become a one billion pound city by 2032.''Pictured is: MP Mike Hancock speaking during the conference.''Picture: Sarah Standing (114321-5998)
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A PORTSMOUTH MP is backing a campaign to reward primary schools which make good use of IT.

Mike Hancock has joined more than 60 MPs and e-skills UK to launch the sixth year of the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged nine to 11.

The competition is run by the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.

Each of the regional competition finalists will win £1,200, with the overall winning school taking home an additional cash prize of £4,000.

The MP for Portsmouth South said: ‘Entries should be as imaginative as possible in order to capture the attention of the judges. The competition is all about giving young people a chance to use their imagination, creativity and technology skills and show how IT can make a difference to their own health and that of others.’

The closing date for entries is April 8.