Girls wins award for green video game

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THREE Pen­rhos Col­lege stu­dents took out a pres­ti­gious na­tional ti­tle for their orig­i­nal video game De­stroy the Nur­dles, Save the Tur­tles.

As part of the Aus­tralian STEM Video Game Chal­lenge, Year 10 stu­dents Ar­cha Ga­m­age, Me­gan Petty and Alice Wang won the PwC Achieve­ment Award in the Fe­male Cat­e­gory.

De­stroy the Nur­dles, Save the Tur­tles is a strat­egy-based game around the theme of con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment from “nur­dles”, small plas­tic pel­lets that ac­cu­mu­late in the ocean.

The player must nav­i­gate around the screen, split­ting time be­tween de­stroy­ing nur­dles and as­sist­ing the marine life.

Win­ning team mem­ber Me­gan said the girls did not have any pro­gram­ming ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore they took part in the chal­lenge but they quickly learnt how im­por­tant team­work was. “I learnt about how pro­gram­ming works, how spe­cific you need to be with your in­struc­tions and all the steps that go into a sim­ple game,” she said.

“We had to learn it all in lit­tle steps and I started by do­ing a sim­ple tu­to­rial that gave me the ba­sics of how to use Game Maker.

“It can do most things you want it to. It sort of builds up like a house of cards and you have to get all the el­e­ments to work to­gether.”

To ac­knowl­edge their achieve­ment, the girl will re­ceive a six-month men­tor­ing pack­age, in­clud­ing a monthly one-hour ses­sion with mem­bers of PwC’s Dig­i­tal Change team.

Pen­rhos Col­lege prin­ci­pal Meg Melville said she was proud of the girls and their win was an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“Me­gan, Alice and Ar­cha worked bril­liantly to­gether to take on this chal­lenge, pool­ing their col­lec­tive ex­per­tise in pro­gram­ming, mu­sic, sound and graph­ics to build this game from the be­gin­ning,” she said.

“To win the Most Out­stand­ing Fe­male Cat­e­gory was just fan­tas­tic.”

Win­ners: Stu­dents Alice Wang, Ar­cha Ga­m­age and Me­gan Petty.

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