School stu­dents crack the code for suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

MILLEN Pri­mary School stu­dents Leah Witts, Sarah Bart­ley and Kaylee Chin have won first place in a global com­puter cod­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Year 6 stu­dent team KSL Codes en­tered DXC Tech­nol­ogy’s Codes Com­pe­ti­tion along with three other teams from Millen’s af­ter school cod­ing club.

The com­pe­ti­tion re­quired stu­dents to com­plete a 2D video game us­ing Scratch, a be­gin­ner cod­ing pro­gram.

With more than 450 en­tries from across 24 coun­tries, KSL Codes’ project ‘Over the Hori­zon’ man­aged to se­cure first place for those sub­mis­sions re­ceived within Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Kaylee said it took eight weeks to cre­ate the game.

“Our video game is about a man search­ing for his love who is trapped on a de­serted is­land,” she said.

“You nav­i­gate through the lev­els us­ing the ar­row keys but should be care­ful to avoid the seag­ull poo or you die.”

En­tries from the three other teams at Millen placed sixth, sev­enth and 13th.

“It is re­mark­able what code club teacher and deputy prin­ci­pal Omid Fanayan have done ,” DXC Tech­nol­ogy pub­lic sec­tor gen­eral man­ager for WA Kylie Cowie said.

She said hav­ing three teams in the top 10 was “out­stand­ing.”

KSL Codes team mem­bers stu­dents Leah Witts (left), Sarah Bart­ley and Kaylee Chin from Millen Pri­mary School with their cer­tifi­cates.

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