On Wednesday 15th June 2016 three of our students represented Westhaven School at the Coding Showcase at Hans Price Academy. Alongside six other schools we were invited to showcase our projects and to participate in a coding workshop. Ben, Ewan and Travis had been working on a project programming a remote controlled car using the Raspberry Pi. The process was quite long and complicated, involving disassembly of the remote control, some soldering, connecting the remote control to the Raspberry Pi via a breadboard and finally writing the code to interact with the car.
At the Coding Showcase the teams had their own exhibition booth and they took turns trying the other teams’ games and rating them afterwards, providing suggestions as to how the games could be improved. We were really proud to read the feedback from the other teams, our project receiving the highest rating in nearly all criteria, including enjoyment, originality and quality of the code.
After a tasty lunch, provided for free by Hans Price Academy, students participated in a coding workshop. They were mixed and split into pairs and had a chance to try their programming skills using the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer.
We are really proud of these pupils and we hope in the future they will be our school’s “digital leaders” helping the other students in computing and ICT.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizers, Hans Price Academy, the other participants and our own support staff (thank you Ms Rautenbach) for making it possible for our students to participate in this event.