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HACKATHON COMPUTER CHALLENGE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

HACKATHON COMPUTER CHALLENGE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students from Aspire, Montgomery and Unity high schools tested their IT skills at a ‘hackathon’ event at Blackpool Sixth.

The 28 students split into teams of four to complete challenges around computer skills. The teams had to complete choose across three areas: a MIT app developer challenge designing an app for pastels; a Gamemaker challenge to design a Christmas themed computer game or a HTML website challenge, designing a website hosting the most popular Christmas toys of the year.

Chelsie Toole, IT teacher, said “In their teams, they had to decide whether to complete one challenge to a very good standard or split their skills across different challenges.”

The winning teams for each challenge were: Gamemaker challenge; Montgomery High school students Matthew Jones, Sam Wilmer, Theo Whitefield and Daniel Porter; The MIT app developer winners were Unity Academy students Corey Westwell, Lewis Abbott, Bailey Summers and Christian Jenkins and the HTML challenge winners were Aspire Academy students Kyle Drinkwater, Alexandra Smith, Ben Musto and Eloy Gunn.

Aspire Academy students Nathan Abbott, Jamie Williams, Michael Bush and Thomas Swarbrick were also commended for their fantastic teamwork and enthusiasm in completing the tasks.

Unity teacher Laura Boyd said: “The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was nice that they could each choose something that they were interested in.”

Blackpool Sixth teacher Chelsie added: “We were thrilled with the work that students from the high schools created.

“All of them worked so well as teams and developed their IT and computing skills in the sessions.”