Whizz kids in Wymondham come top in computing competition

Rob Gowing and Anthony Walshe, who triumphed at the Scratch Off 2014 Competition. Photo: Andrew Howa

Rob Gowing and Anthony Walshe, who triumphed at the Scratch Off 2014 Competition. Photo: Andrew Howard - Credit: Archant

Teenage computer whizzes swapped schoolbooks for software as they triumphed in a programming competition.

A team of students from Wymondham High Academy entered the Norfolk Scratch Off competition, which was held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) on June 9.

They were tasked with creating a game using Scratch - software often employed by schools to help teach computer programming.

With maze puzzles to shoot 'em up games and technology bosses on the judging panel, the competition was fierce - but students from the academy came out on top.

Anthony Walshe and Robert Gowing, both aged 14, scooped first prize for their One Shot One Kill shooter game - which attracted the interest of an executive from Apple, who suggested they released it in the App Store.

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13-year-old Nia Preston was awarded the most promising female coder prize after she designed The Box, an interactive gothic adventure game.

She said: 'Building your game and watching it grow is an amazing experience and seeing the finished game is amazing, especially if you have been working on a particular project for a long time.

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'I was shocked to win the award but also incredibly happy to receive it as I had put a lot of hard work and effort into my game.'

Tim Gok and Max Tofts, both aged 14, also picked up second prize.

Tim said: 'We chose computing as it is relevant to our generation and has universal application in modern industry, it will provide us with a plethora of possibilities.'

Five out of the seven teams entered by the academy made the finals.

Andrew Howard, computer science teacher, said: 'Sharing in the success of my students was an amazing experience and was one of the highlights of my teacher training year at Wymondham High. I was so proud of them all, they had worked so hard and to see them do so well was fantastic.'

Do you have a Wymondham story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on Lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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