EIGHTEEN Corpus Christi College students tested their mettle against some of Australia’s best young coders in the nation’s largest high school programming competition last Friday.
Run by the University of New South Wales, the competition requires students to design algorithms to solve real-life problems according to provided specifications.
Corpus Christi’s six three-person teams were made up of students selected for their programming, mathematical and logical-thinking ability.
The students were identified through the school’s Academic Excellence Extension Programme and mandatory Digital Thinking and Robotics classes in Year 7 and Year 8, which give all students the opportunity to learn how to code.
Selected students then train every Tuesday, with additional development provided three times a year through training camps for specific competitions.
Corpus Christi College principal Caroline Payne said the school was committed to providing a dynamic education to all its students.
“Coding is a practical skill that will prepare students for success in the modern workplace and help them solve problems with ingenuity and confidence,” she said.
“One could say it is the glue in a successful STEM education.”
She said that while competitive programming was still relatively new at Corpus Christi, the school was seeing an increased interest from both male and female students in what has become an important modern day work skill.