Colyton students crack code contest

PUBLISHED: 09:38 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:39 29 July 2015

Colyton Grammar School's IT code challenge students

Colyton Grammar School's IT code challenge students

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Three teams reach the finals of the Wiltshire and Dorset Code Challenge

Creating their own computer games helped students from Colyton Grammar School score highly in a nationwide IT challenge.

Three teams reached the finals of the Wiltshire and Dorset Code Challenge, held at the London HQ of BAFTA and Academy Award-winning visual effects company Double Negative.

Ben Mould, Pierre Hasham, and Nicky Bacon, from year eight, along with 
Simon Mould, Alan Brown, Josh Gleave, Ewan McWilliams and Ben Richmond, of year seven, were tasked with using computer coding to promote sustainability.

The youngsters chose to create computer games, such as one where the player has to balance economic and environmental sustainability, losing if they went bankrupt or produced too much pollution.

The students heard from company designers and chief scientist, Oliver James, who told how his team’s research into black holes for the film Interstellar led to a breakthrough in scientific understanding of how black holes distort light.

Double Negative has created effects for Inception and the Harry Potter and Hunger Games films.

Of the three teams ranked highly commended in the finals, two were from 
Colyton.

The school’s head of computing, Michael Cronk, said: “The students produced some excellent entries and asked some searching questions of the experts.”

A spokesman for the contest organisers said: “Our aim is to show young people in years five to 13 that coding can be fun and it doesn’t have to be hard.”

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