National Computer Science School (NCSS) Challenge

Over the past 11 years, The University of Sydney has been running an Australia-wide computer coding competition for school students called the ‘National Computer Science School “NCSS” Challenge’.  

This year, we had five students enrol in the competition as either Newbies, Beginners or Intermediate entrants:  Kyra Bellamy, Rachel Hamilton, Layna Daly, Ruby Daly and Lauren Ward.  While the five girls performed incredibly well overall, both Ruby and Lauren, who achieved High Distinctions in the competition.  Impressive work girls!  

The Challenge is unlike any other programming competition whereby students are taught how to program as they progress through the competition, rather than being expected to enter or proceed as experts.  Entrants select their own level (Newbie, Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced), and the challenge is based on their chosen level.  

In the words of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “All students should learn how to code!  Computer coding is a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems.”