10th July 2019 — Computer Science increases in popularity year on year with a strong cohort of enthusiastic students looking to practise the skills they have learnt in practical ways. Over the last academic year, many students have been collaboratively working in small teams to design their own app with the aim of entertaining or benefiting others. As well as the opportunity to investigate, design, code and present, winners would get a financial award to spend in their own boarding house. This new annual initiative was made possible through the generosity of an Old Fettesian who was keen to support ways of promoting student’s enthusiasm for developing technologies.
Four groups competed in the final at the end of the summer term; delivering a presentation and a demonstration of their prototypes including a music player app, a social media site for new parents and a game that encourages the recycling of plastic. The judges were looking for a thorough understanding of the technology used, a clarity of explanation as well as creativity of thought. After much deliberation by our expert panel, the winners were announced as Lo-Clues, a treasure hunt style puzzle game that changes according to your local area. Congratulations goes to Beth and Doga both from one of our girls boarding houses, College West, in designing the application.
All teams were encouraged to keep thinking, learning, collaborating & coding and we look forward to next year’s competition.