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CLEVER Wigan children will be showcasing their computer science skills at a special awards ceremony.

More than 100 pupils from 11 of the borough’s primaries are preparing to prove their know-how in the field of technology at the local computing awards 2015.

Taking place at the Hindley Pavilion on Thursday, the event will see youngsters commended for their computer work throughout the year.

And a feature of the day will be an afternoon of computer games, animations, photography, videos, apps and e-books.

Special guests include the Mayor of Wigan, a representative from Wigan Council and Joe Bretherton from Wigan Warriors Youth Team.

Host Lesley Simm of Smithills ICT Consultancy Ltd, said: “These awards have been designed to celebrate all the very best of primary pupils’ computing work throughout the borough and they have certainly done that. We have entries from all ages five to 11 and are so overwhelmed by the standard on show today. Since September every school in the country was required to teach Computing in place of ICT and I hope the wonderful examples from the awards will demonstrate the wide range of creative ways to learn about computers and inspire other schools to do so.”

Last year the overall winners of the awards Adam Worsley and Lloyd Abbott, from RL Hughes Primary, were presented with a Windows tablet for their computer game Apple Cruncher. Runners-up were Leigh St Joseph’s RC Primary with a scary movie trailer The Disappearance; Marsh Green pupils who produced a news report using green screen technology about Boudicca; Hindley St Peter’s CE children for their timely World Cup video The Match and year one pupils from Hindsford CE for a unique take on Talking Houses which was made using their secret computing technique. All the work from the event will be published online on www.smithillsict.com