Education in the Hawkesbury: Norwest Christian College - Coding challenge accepted

CLEVER TEAM: Students at Norwest Christian College performed extremely well in the National Computer Science School Challenge.
CLEVER TEAM: Students at Norwest Christian College performed extremely well in the National Computer Science School Challenge.

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It is the competition which attracts more than 20,000 students from around the world.

In the National Computer Science School Challenge (NCSS), students learn to code by solving interesting and engaging problems during the five-week event.

A collaboration between Grok Learning, The University of Sydney and the Australian Computing Academy, the NCSS Challenge is a programming competition open to all school students and teachers.

Students at Norwest Christian College (NWCC), with the guidance and encouragement of their teacher Olivier Kameya, performed extremely well in the challenge, with Year 7 student, Haley, topping the leaderboard with perfect scores!

"When I found out I was top of the leaderboard I was so amazed and excited, I thought my heart would jump right out of my chest," she said.

Many NWCC students were just off the top of the leaderboard and received Highly Commended Awards.

The college is proud to recognise the work and achievements of the participating NWCC students and Mr Kameya, who did a phenomenal job keeping them engaged, excited and inspired for five weeks.

Norwest students have made an impressive start, at a young age, to learn coding and to strengthen their potential to contribute a positive impact on the world around them.

"The future is built with code, and it's wonderful to see so many students getting involved," said co-founder of Grok Learning Dr Nicky Ringland.

"The NCSS Challenge is a key force in transforming Australian students from tech consumers, into tech creators. 

"Computer science skills are critical, whether you want to cure cancer, solve global warming or unlock the secrets of the universe." 

The Grok Learning website explains that programming (or coding) is how sites like Facebook and apps like Instagram are made. Knowing how to program is like having a computing super power.

For information on Norwest Christian College visit www.norwest.nsw.edu.au.

Editorial supplied by Norwest Christian College.