Outstanding IT Achievements in Australian and New Zealand Challenge
Blackburn IT Applications students have achieved outstanding results in The Challenge run by the National Computer Science School (NCSS), associated with the University of Sydney.
Competition encourages students to learn how to code
The NCSS Challenge is a programming competition for secondary school students. Each week, for 5 weeks, students received a set of notes containing the information they needed to complete that week’s programming challenges. There were 35 challenges in total. The series of challenges included writing a program to do something through to higher order deciphering and encoding, e.g. receiving a photo and having to decipher a secret code from it and doing the opposite; using a photo to encode (create) a secret code.
One of our students achieved a perfect score in the series of 35 computer challenges, ranging from the relatively simple to the mind-bendingly difficult. This is a remarkable achievement. Two students achieved High Distinctions and three achieved Distinctions.
Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have all said that students should learn how to code. It’s a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems.
The NCSS Challenge teaches students to code in Python 3.3. Python is an easy to learn scripting language used for many different purposes such as web applications and scientific research. Companies like Google, Facebook and Reddit all use Python in their infrastructure and web services.
Erfan, who achieved a perfect score in The Challenge, is fluent in three computer languages – Python, Java and PHP.