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Secondary computing enrichment activities

Encourage your students to develop important life skills through enrichment and engage with the wider community in practical, enjoyable, and meaningful ways.

The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) enrichment activities will help inspire curiosity in your students and broaden their educational experience with fun hands-on learning.

Taking part in enrichment activities champions computing by:

  • providing an opportunity for students to pursue their learning in their own area of interest and strength
  • studying concepts to a greater depth and complexity
  • encouraging your class to pursue wider educational and further career goals
  • supporting you to achieve the following secondary certificates
    • the Key stage 3 and GCSE Computer Science subject knowledge
    • the secondary computing certificate
    • the A level Computer Science subject knowledge

This term

Spring term

Design and code an app to solve a real world problem. Your students’ idea can then be submitted to a diverse range of industry experts to celebrate UK’s young people's tech innovation skills.

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Equip, inspire, and empower girls and non-binary students through this industry-aligned cybersecurity course by Cisco in partnership with Open University.

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Digdata

Help your students develop key employability skills in problem solving, data literacy, storytelling, and presentation through virtual work experience with leading UK organisations.

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Teen Tech

Inspire your students to pursue careers in digital sectors through interactive masterclasses and festivals with leading experts in digital, science, engineering and technology industries.

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Activities throughout the year

Out-of-timetable sessions that enrich and broaden the curriculum, giving young people the chance to explore subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths in less formal settings.

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Cyber Security Challenge UK

From immersive afternoon workshops and modular cyber games to local careers fairs that bring together hundreds of students at a time, Cyber Security Challenge UK aims to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist in the industry. 

This is a global STEM programme where young people work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.

A computational thinking challenge that aims to enthuse students in all things computer science and promote computational thinking.

Summer term

Do your: bit

Bring together the micro:bit and the UN’s Global Goals to provide inspiring activities for your classroom or club and an exciting digital challenge for you to run.

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ARM

Improve your learners’ engagement in Computing by introducing project-based learning (PBL), combined with Physical Computing, find out how learners can experience the thrill of innovating while also gaining and practicing the skills and knowledge they need.

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Learn more about a global challenge for teams of young people to work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO® robot to solve a series of missions.

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A competition that offers a unique opportunity for students to have their first practical experience of a real space project.

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Autumn term

Cyber Centurion

In the Cyber Centurion Competition teams compete in rounds against one another and the clock to secure a range of computer systems.

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Moon Camp

In the Moon Camp Challenge pupils can explore and design their own Moon settlement with a 3D modelling tool.

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Astro Pi

An opportunity for young people to carry out their own scientific investigations in space, writing computer programs that will run aboard the International Space Station.

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With our termly, as well as year-round offer, supported by partners from the world of computing education, find activities that interest you and your students to learn computing in a fun way. Activities are supported by our quality assured CPD and resources, to help you provide the most enriching experience. Keep informed on upcoming enrichment activities by being part of the STEM Community: Teaching & Leading Secondary Computing.

Bring a Computing Ambassador into your classroom

Computing Ambassadors are part of the STEM Ambassadors programme where volunteers from a wide range of industries bring school subjects to life and provide real-world examples of careers in computing, creating an invaluable link between schools and industry.

You can request a Computing Ambassador to visit your school, introduce a topic, join an event and more. These volunteers are an invaluable resource to enrich your teaching and inspire young people to choose careers in computing.

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