St Narsai Christian College students break the code

There is a secret code at St Narsai Christian College – it its seven letters and starts with the letter ‘S’.

Can you guess it? Yes, that’s right: success.

Students Alana Sellanes, Georgis Ishak, Carmen Dawood, Lana Lazar and Melis Cherie excelled at the recent National Computer Science School (NCSS) Python Coding Competition.

From the more than 20,000 students from Australia and New Zealand who participated in the NCSS Challenge Alana, Georgis and Carmen finished at the top of the leaderboard with perfect scores.

Not to be outdone Lana and Melis finished with scores of 409/410 and six other students received a high distinction (scores of 380 plus) in the competition.

The students competed for five weeks, learning to code by solving interesting and engaging problems.


Coding in action.

“Eight questions were released for students to use the python programming language to solve. Python is considered as the base language for computer programming,” Technology and Applied Studies Faculty teacher Laura Stewart said.

“This term students have been studying software development and programming and worked collaboratively to complete each question.

“By completing each challenge from a project-based approach and with little prior knowledge to computer programming prior to entering this competition, all students have done not only themselves but also the school very proud.”

The NCSS Challenge is a collaboration between Grok Learning, The University of Sydney and the Australian Computing Academy.

Co-founder of Grok Learning, Dr Nicky Ringland said: “The future is built with code, and it’s wonderful to see so many students getting involved. The NCSS Challenge is a key force in transforming Australian students from tech consumers, in to tech creators.”

By Chris Boulous

Source: Fairfield Champion

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