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Game On for St Margaret's Sisters in Computing Competition

Computer whizz kids Rachel (IS) and Emma Murray (IIS) have been recognised for their programming skills in a local competition.

The sisters were runners-up in the advanced section of the 2019 Coding Competition, which was organised by Cromar Future Group in Tarland.

Those taking part in the competition were required to code a game, which is to write the computational instructions to achieve a solution using various constructs. Scratch – which allows pupils to create conceptual and visual programmes with animations - was used to develop the games.

Run in conjunction with Tarland Food and Music Festival, the competition had three levels - novice, intermediate and advanced, and was judged by Ian Norris of the Robert Gordon University, Dave Harper of Cromar Future Group, and David Hirst of Tarland Food and Music Festival.

Finalists presented their approach, played each other’s games, and received one-on-one coaching.

Cromar Future Group – which encourages everyone to ‘get coding’ as it is such a useful modern skill - has laptops pre-loaded with Scratch and Python, and can provide help with HTML, the language of the internet and web-sites.

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