On Tuesday 25th May, six of our finest computer programmers from Year 10 attended the Fourth Interschool Scratch Competition. This competition is an ADEC event which is held annually at Abu Dhabi University – and this year it attracted 133 teams from across the whole of Abu Dhabi. Tomaz, Gabriella and Jacob made up the Mystic Journal team, with Mateja, Ankitha and Cedric heading up the Cod3rs team.
The theme for this year was ‘Read Now, Write the Future’ – with the goal of encourage reading across the entire nation. The medium for programming was the Scratch software environment, which was developed by MIT with the aim of enabling students to create complex code using a visual programming environment.
Both The Mystic Journal and Cod3rs were tasked with designing, developing and presenting their game to an audience of teachers, fellow students and judges. The competition was fierce and we were looking to build upon our success of third place last year. Our Cod3rs team were delighted to be placed as finalists, and had the nerve-wracking task of completing not one but two presentations, the last of which was to a packed auditorium. They showed nerves of steel in this final round to clinch an amazing silver medal position – 2nd in the entire competition and proud winners of Apple Watches!
Overall our students performed as superbly as we have come to expect; we are tremendously proud of them all and know that they have a bright coding future ahead of them!
Stephen Trask and Karen Poulton