East Vic Park: Millen Primary School students first in international video game competition

Year 6 students Leah Witts (left), Sarah Bartley and Kaylee Chin.
Deputy Principal Omid Fanayan and DXC Technology public sector general manager for WA Kylie Cowie.
Year 6 students Leah Witts (left), Sarah Bartley and Kaylee Chin. Deputy Principal Omid Fanayan and DXC Technology public sector general manager for WA Kylie Cowie.

MILLEN Primary School students Leah Witts, Sarah Bartley and Kaylee Chin have taken out first place in a global computer coding competition.

The Year 6 student team, KSL Codes, entered DXC Technology’s Codes Competition along with three others teams from Millen’s after school coding club.

The competition required students to complete a 2D video game using Scratch: a beginner coding program.

With more than 450 entries from across 24 countries, KSL Codes’ project Over the Horizon managed to secure first place for those submissions received within Australia and New Zealand.

Chin said it took about eight weeks to create the game.

“Our video game is about a man searching for his love who is trapped on a deserted island,” she said.

“You navigate through the levels using the arrow keys but should be careful to avoid the seagull poo or you die.”

Entries from the three other teams at Millen placed sixth, seventh and 13th within the competition.“It is remarkable what (code club teacher and deputy principal Omid Fanayan) has done ,” DXC Technology public sector general manager for WA Kylie Cowie said.

“To have three teams in the top 10 entries for Australian and New Zealand is outstanding.”