Pupils ex­cel at IT event

Go! & Express - - Schools -

TWO weeks ago Hud­son Park hosted the Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity’s an­nual pro­gram­ming com­pe­ti­tion. Twelve IT pupils, three from Grade 10, six from Grade 11 and three from Grade 10 com­peted against a to­tal of 200 par­tic­i­pants – 80 univer­sity stu­dents as well as stu­dents from IT schools across the Eastern Cape. Stir­ling High School were hosted and was also rep­re­sented with a group of 12 pupils.

To fa­cil­i­tate on­line real time con­nec­tion and mon­i­tor­ing, a vir­tual net­work was es­tab­lished to con­nect to Nel­son Man­dela Univer­sity’s net­work. This was made pos­si­ble by Hud­son’s very com­pe­tent IT support team of **** Woods and Tony Rober­son.

The ob­jec­tive was to solve as many math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems pos­si­ble us­ing Del­phi pro­gram­ming meth­ods in three hours. All cor­rect an­swers needed to be con­firmed and sub­mit­ted by work­ing code.

A scor­ing sys­tem was es­tab­lished where in­cor­rect an­swers would be pe­nalised, pre­vent­ing ran­dom sub­mis­sions. As the evening pro­gressed it be­came clear that it was a tough chal­lenge as many sub­mis­sions were not ac­cepted.

The spirit of the par­tic­i­pants was high in spite of the in­tense level of work at­tempted, at no time did any­one quit. It was nail-bit­ing un­til the very last sec­ond.

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