John Forrest Secondary College students excel in worldwide computer programming competition


Cracking the code to success: John Forrest College students Davinh Dang and Christopher Newman.
Cracking the code to success: John Forrest College students Davinh Dang and Christopher Newman.

TWO students from John Forrest Secondary College have excelled in a worldwide computer programming competition that attracted more than 5000 participants.

Year 10 students Davinh Dang and Christopher Newman achieved a high distinction and distinction in Grok Learning’s Code Quest 2016.

The five-week competition required students to use codes to solve problems of increasing complexity.

Davinh said the problems were quite easy until the end.

“You are getting introduced to a new program, you were given problems to solve and you had to find out yourself how to do it,” he said.

Christopher said Code Quest widened his understanding of python encoding and put his knowledge into practice.

Both said they were considering in pursuing a career in computer programming.

John Forrest information and communication technology teacher Viraya Lim said her students seemed to prefer the competition’s online learning environment rather than traditional methods.

“It is great because it is very interactive as they get an immediate response on whether they have got it correct or incorrect and what is wrong with their code and how to fix it,” she said.

“I did give a large chunk of marks towards that depending on how well they did throughout and how much effort they put in, how much of the competition they finished.”

Deputy principal Brad Walsh said the school was proud to see the students shine in a big competition.

“About five years ago, we started this computer science program so to see kids doing very well in a competition is fantastic,” he said.