07/12/17 - 08/12/17
STUDENTS FROM PATANA
THE FOBISIA CODING CHALLENGE 2017
ARTICLE: PATANA LIFE MAGAZINE
Today, over fifty students came together to explore their love of coding while taking part in the annual FOBISIA coding challenge, an internationally recognized coding competition hosted in 12 countries. This year, the challenges were divided into different key stages and levels - bronze, silver and gold. The event, running for the first time in Bangkok Patana school saw a wide variety of students attending all the way from key stages two through five. The event took place over the course of two days - Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of December - after school with many teachers as well as other members of staff attending to supervise and support the students.
“Contrary to common belief, coding is more than just a language used to hack. To be able to code is one of the most liberating experiences presented to a student as it gives them the opportunity to build anything they desire, to solve any problem they feel passionate about” explains Dhruv Mittal, a member of the CAS Project which organised the event. With 50 participants attending, this event was a remarkable success in its attempt to ignite the passion for coding amongst the Patana student body.
This success was possible thanks to the efforts of “Patana Development Bank” (the CAS Project which organized the event), their supervisor Ms Munyee Chong as well as the contribution from various other teachers in the computer science department. The organizing group would also like to thank all participants for their enthusiasm in collaborating with their teammates to tackle problems both intuitively and creatively. The outcome intended for the event was not just for students to display their computing skills but also to collaboratively develop new skills from each other whilst establishing team-working capabilities that will greatly help students in their development into working adults.
Judging by the popularity and success of the event, the CAS Project is encouraged to organize similar events later in the year to push the capabilities of even the most experienced coders in the school.