Last week, our school was invited by Oakridge International School in Bangalore (NAE) to take part in a 24-hour Codefest, from 1pm on Saturday 22 until 1pm on Sunday 23 January. Students needed to decide on a program idea related to a list of given topics and then, brainstorm their idea before the competition. They were only given the 24 hours window to write the code.
You can find out more about the competition on Oakridge School’s website https://codefest.oakridge.in/
BISS had four teams who entered the competition. Unfortunately, one of the teams struggled to join the meeting at the start. The other three teams were able to join the competition and made great progress.
Our Year 7 team that was able to connect with the competition made a game about racing cars. One of our Year 11 teams made an application that recognised the text in photos of whiteboards taken by students in lessons, and then sorted them into files. Our second Year 11 team made an application that generated Maths worksheets with answers.
The students had full autonomy in this competition. They made the decision to participate, agreed on their project idea, wrote the program, and worked together as part of a team to make it happen. I am immensely proud of everyone involved and the commitment they showed.
Even more impressive is that one of our Year 11 teams won second place in the competition. A huge congratulations must go to Gabriel Pereira Pagano, David Cavanagh-Lancaster, and Fabricio Saum who achieved second place with their whiteboard photos program. They had some stiff competition and were up against teams of IB students.
The Codefest is one of many opportunities that are available to students who are part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. We hope to get involved in more similar activities in the future.