Coding Challenge

Coding Challenge
Samantha Bruin, Computing Teacher

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th December, 2017, 34 Harrow Students from Year 9 through to Year 13 gave up their free time in order to represent our school in the FOBISIA Creative Coding Challenge day. This was the first time Harrow International School participated in the FOBISIA challenge and it was certainly a resounding success.

Students who took part were required to set aside 5 hours, during which they had to solve several problems using a programming language to help them. The problems had varying degrees of difficulty, easier challenges were called ‘Bronze’ challenges, intermediate Silver, and the most difficult ones were ‘Gold’. The different awards the students could achieve were ‘Commended’, ‘Highly Commended’, ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’.

We were able to connect with other participating schools remotely using a piece of online software called ‘Hangouts’, it was interesting to see the other schools working hard on the challenges and our students loved interacting with other schools across the world.

Students had to use their team work and problem solving skills to ensure that they completed as many of the challenges as possible, the atmosphere in the room was fantastic.

All of the teams did so well and impressed us all.  When the results came in we were very proud to announce that out of nine teams four of them reached ‘Outstanding’, three reached ‘Excellent’ and two achieved Highly Commended.

We are very much looking forward to running the event again next year.

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