Google Code-In: pre-university open source contribution challenge

As someone who never really had the opportunity while in school to try my hand at programming, and with only limited experience from university, I find it really interesting when I hear about school challenges to promote programming and technical uses of ICT that could lead pupils towards developing their own ideas and programs in the future.
The interesting part for pupils is that you will get paid for this if you're successful in your challenge....."For each task successfully completed, students will receive $100, up to a maximum of $500" ($100 is £63 - October 2010).

This is the information on the promotional page for the challenge:
Google is opening up a new challenge, the Google Code-In 2010 (similar to their annual Summer of Code) for pre-university pupils to learn and practive at coding and all the surrounding tasks involved in programming. It's part of their recognition that as computers become more and more pervasive in society, we need to acknowledge a need for a large number of new programmers to develop these new tools.

We are inviting students worldwide to produce a variety of open source code, documentation, training materials and user experience research for the organizations participating this year. These tasks include:
  1. Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  2. Documentation: Tasks related to creating/editing documents
  3. Outreach: Tasks related to community management and outreach/marketing
  4. Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  5. Research: Tasks related to studying a problem and recommending solutions
  6. Training: Tasks related to helping others learn more
  7. Translation: Tasks related to localization
  8. User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
The Google Code-In 2010 opens for applications on November 22nd and you can find out more information (including ideas for tasks, and how to apply) by following the previous link or reading their blog here.