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Press Release – Norwest Coders Excel Again

Press Release - Norwest Coders Excel Again


Norwest Coders again excelled during the National Computer and Science School Challenge  2019. Over 35,000 students from around the world competed. The NCSS Challenge is a collaboration between Grok Learning, The University of Sydney and the Australian Computing Academy. Norwest students competed for five weeks, learning to code/program by solving interesting, engaging and relevant real-world problems. NCSS Challenge organisers also added some science, language, maths, history and geography.

NWCC students competed in four categories. Three students achieved World Beating PERFECT SCORES: Pippa -Newbies; Josiah – Beginners Blocky; and Jemma – Beginners. 18 students achieved HIGH DISTINCTIONS. One of these was Michael – Intermediate. Another five students gained DISTINCTIONS.

Pippa achieved her Perfect Score, competing with 7313 students; and Josiah and Jemma competed with 16392. Pippa loves coding: “Getting to see my coding solution works”, is an exciting achievement. “It comes to life”, said Pippa. And the big thrill: “I did that!” Jemma loves, “figuring out how to resolve the problem, pressing through and getting to the answer. I rejoice and then go on to the next problem”. The toughest aspect of coding was, “forgetting certain rules of coding and feeling pressure to get it right”. Similarly, for Josiah, “learning computer language and the skills and ability to code”, was the toughest challenge. Another was, “working with others and collaborating our ideas because we all had different skills and ideas”. However, Josiah said: “Solving a problem feels good, especially when it’s difficult and I figure it out. It gives me a great sense of accomplishment”.

It is wonderful to recognise the work and achievements of these NWCC students and their teacher Mr Olivier Kameya, who did a phenomenal job keeping them engaged, excited and inspired.  Norwest Christian College is committed to equipping students with coding skills. Mr Kameya advised: “Coding teaches you how to work with computers and how to think about solving problems with systems”. Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates recommend coding for students. NCSS Challenge participants code in Python 3.6. This is the coding language used by Google and Facebook in their infrastructure and web services.  NWCC students are in good technological company!

NCSS Challenge is a key force in transforming Australian students from tech consumers to tech creators. Computer science skills are critical, whether to cure cancer, solve global warming or unlock the secrets of the universe. Norwest students have made a positive start, at a young age, to learn coding and to strengthen their potential to contribute a positive impact on the world around them. Computer science skills will be essential for many future careers.

Dr Nicky Ringland, co-founder of Grok Learning and recently named one of the Australian Finance Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018, said “The future is built with code and it’s wonderful to see so many young students getting involved”. The NCSS Challenge is a key force in transforming Australian students from tech consumers to tech creators”.

Craig Laffin
Director of Development

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