Mounthawk Student Reaches Final Of Coding Competition

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Samuel Garvey with teacher Sadhbh Brosnan.

FOURTEEN-year-old Samuel Garvey, a second-year student in Mounthawk Secondary School in Tralee, represented his county as Kerry’s sole finalist at the National Scratch Coding Competition.

Scratch is a visual programming language that helps children to build key coding skills in a fun and interactive way.

There were 280 entries this year in the national finals organised by Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software and the Irish Computer Society.

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The competition brought together top-scoring teams from primary and secondary schools and clubs across Ireland, with participants aged six to eighteen years of age demonstrating their Scratch projects to judges at the University of Limerick.

Samuel’s game, an eight-bit shooter called Grim Hallows, took him seven months to develop and the panel of judges were very impressed with the quality and originality of his project. To play the game click the following link:

Tom Dandoy, a senior student at Ennisytmon CBS, County Clare won the overall prize with Spaceship Battles 3, a computer game he built and for which, he also composed the score. Among the themes of this year’s entries were healthy eating, social inclusion, recycling and poetry.

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