Pupils’ games and apps wow judges in technology contest

Kettering Buccleuch Academy was one of the winners
Kettering Buccleuch Academy was one of the winners

Two schools in Wellingborough and Kettering have been announced as the winners of a competition designed to test their computer skills.

The competition, run as a partnership by Northamptonshire County Council, the University of Northampton and Code Club and originated and sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT), seeks to improve the teaching of computer coding and to develop Northamptonshire pupils’ technology skills.

Team Sparky from Park Junior School in Wellingborough won the Year 4 to 6 category with their game which challenges players to fix solar panels on the school roof as they degrade over time, while the winner of the Year 9 category was Team Syntax Error from Kettering Buccleuch Academy for their app which tracks household energy consumption.

Students across Northamptonshire were invited to put their computer skills to the test and create a game or an app with an energy-saving theme, they then submitted their entries by uploading a two-minute video to YouTube about their design.

The awards were judged by a panel of judges made up of WCIT, the British Computer Society, the University of Northampton, Code Club and Northamptonshire County Council.

The winners received an engraved shield and a personal Raspberry Pi computer sponsored by WCIT at a special prize-giving ceremony on Friday, February 12.

Cllr Matthew Golby, county council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, said: “The apps designed by the pupils were really impressive.”