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17 March, 2023

Champion Coders and Problem Solvers: FOBISIA Coding Challenges 2023

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Our #BISHCMC coding superheroes have been busy solving problems near and far with innovative ideas and intricate coding skills solving the problem of water pollution, loneliness, and traffic congestion and even optimising the school’s lost and found system.

Whilst learning to code is about learning the language to give to the computer, an important precursor is learning about problem-solving. After all, we are creating solutions by giving instructions to a collection of computer chips in order to make an action, where there is no real product at all. It is the nearest connection between BIS HCMC and Hogwarts!

Our students are taught the process of:

  1. Analysing a problem

  2. Designing a solution

  3. Creating the solution

  4. Evaluating how successful it was

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This approach helps structure the students' thoughts so that they can apply their learning.

The ability to problem solve is just one of the many benefits of learning to code, along with nurturing creativity in the design process, our students are creating a product, just as with art or music or literacy. Programming requires a lot of patience and a lot of trial and error, so the process helps build perseverance and encourages reflection, 2 of our #BISHCMC core values. 

FOBISIA Senior Coding Competition

 
Our students demonstrated these skills perfectly in the latest FOBISIA coding challenges, the first of which was the senior edition hosted by the British School of Manila. 

Our Secondary STEAM Coordinator, Mr Astbury recaps the event perfectly: 

Entering the week-long Fobisia senior coding challenge, Max, Davis and HaJin embraced that process to great effect. Completing a challenge entitled ‘making a difference’, the students were given the brief to  “Create an application that targets local/community waste and/or promotes sustainable living habits.”

The students brainstormed ideas, deciding to target the lost and found process at school. From here designs were discussed, iterations were passed through, tasks were subdivided, and a working platform was built. It was fantastic to be sat in a software development meeting again. Then, over the next week, remotely from each other, the product took shape. The teamwork and collaboration displayed were truly exceptional.

Our #BISHCMC coders targeted the problem of our school's lost and found organisation, creating a platform where one can upload and access a database of information on lost and found items throughout the school: 
 
 

 


With 22 schools taking part across Asia it was a fierce competition, so much so that the British School of Manila decided to choose a top 5, rather than an overall winner. 

We are delighted that the BIS HCMC team were recognized as one of the top 5 from across the Federation of British Schools in Asia, whose product had a ‘spark and was exceptional’. Well done!



FOBISIA Junior Coding Competition

The following week came the Junior Coding Competition and this time BIS HCMC were the event host! 

 

Hear from Mr Anthony, Primary ICT leader and Mr Knaggs, Head of Computing on this special hybrid event:

 

We welcomed 27 FOBISIA partner schools to compete with one another over the two days! They were challenged to work in groups to create a program that could solve a problem in their local communities. The coders from across Asia pitted their logical wit and programming skills to create unique projects. 
 
Our teams came up with some really great solutions to local problems, including a waste collection robot, a chatbot to put an end to loneliness and a traffic light system that aids people with visual and hearing impairments. 
 
Check out some great student videos below: 
 
 


After careful consideration of over 54 high-quality projects, the winners were selected in the following categories:
 

KS2:

Best Concept: Dover Court  International School Singapore
Best Presentation: British International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Best Community Impact: British School of Tashkent, Uzbekistan
KS2 Best Overall Project: St. Andrews International School, Green Valley, Thailand
 

KS3:

Best Concept: Tenby International Secondary Setia Eco Park, Malaysia
Best Presentation: British International School Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Best Community Impact: Bangkok Patana School, Thailand
KS3 Best Overall Project: Bangkok Patana School, Thailand 
 
Discover all of the winners projects in the winners video: 
 
It is mindblowing how our students are not only such talented coders but come up with exceptionally creative ideas to solve real problems that affect local and global communities. Congratulations to BIS and all of the FOBISIA schools who coded alongside us and made this a memorable experience.