Computer Science Success at Hack Manchester Junior Competition


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Over the October half term 9 Computer Science students from OSFC competed in the Hack Manchester Junior competition as part of the Manchester Science Festival. This was OSFC’s first time competing in the 2 day coding competition based at the Museum of Science and Industry.  After a college visit from Hack Manchester, 3 teams from OSFC signed up for the competition which resulted in success for the AS team, who won the Pre-University challenge, and one of the A level teams who came second in the Greater Manchester Police challenge.

The first day began with an introduction to the concept of Hack Manchester, before our teams had to choose which challenge they wanted to work on. Luke Peacock and his team of A level Computer Science students chose the Greater Manchester Police challenge, which involved developing a programme to help locate missing people.

According to Luke:

“The challenge was fun and it was a great opportunity to learn more about coding, though it was definitely a bit frustrating at times!”

Jonathon Barker, one of the Computer Science tutors, attended the event with the students and was very impressed with what he saw:

“I think it shows real commitment and dedication for students to attend in their half term! Our three student teams had to put their programming knowledge to the test in a range of different tasks and challenges. They gained a large amount of experience working in a close-knit team relying on other people’s skills from planning, designing and programming a solution to a complex problem. Overall we did really well and we will be back again next year!”

If you would like the chance to join our Computer Science department you can find out more at http://www.osfc.ac.uk/courses/computing-it/computing/, and don’t forget to visit the department on our Open Day on Saturday 19 November 10am-2pm.

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