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Three Schools Win National Code Challenge 2017

Last update: 30/11/2017
SHAH ALAM, Nov 30 (Bernama) -- Three schools, each from Melaka, Johor and Sabah have been named as winners of the three categories of the National Code Challenge (NCC) 2017, beating 60 other schools nationwide.

Team Nur Auni from SK Jasin, Melaka emerged as the champion of the Immersion category through the application, 'Personal Financial Companion' while Pioneer Team 4 from SK Taman Tampoi Utama, Johor won the Alumni category through the an application that provides information about self defence.

Team 30 Sanza Coder from SMK Sanzac, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, who developed Treax, an application, which provides information about gymnasiums, was chosen as the champion of the Hackathon category.

All three champions received RM4,000 cash prizes, certificates of participation and electronic items while second and third place winners took home cash prize of RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively, certificates of participation and electronic items.

The prizes were presented by head of the National Strategy Unit, Ministry of Finance Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim at the prize giving and closing ceremony of NCC 2017, here last night.

For Team Nur Auni leader, Nur Auni Mohd Haniff, 10, and two other teammates used the four-day NCC programme as a stepping stone to pursue their deep interest in coding.

"Although the (NCC) is short, we were exposed to a lots of knowledge. We had little knowledge of coding but got lots of exposure and encouragement," she added.

Pioneer Team 4 leader, Fiffy Natasha Muhammad, 12, said the NCC programme nurtured the participants' interest in coding and exposed them to new coding language.

Team 30 Sanza Coder leader, Mohd Afiq Iskandar, 14, said all teens and children interested in the Internet and technology should participate in competitions to showcase their ideas and abilities.

Meanwhile, Aminuddin said the NCC was an extension of the Coding @ Schools programme conducted in more than 150 schools nationwide and was implemented under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) with the Ministry of Education since last year.

"In Budget 2018, the government gave allocation to continue this programme next year. We want more students to join the Coding @ Schools programme, so that the country has a great coding generation for the National Transformation 2050."

The programme, which is in its second year, has benefited 9,000 students, aged 10 to 12 years, by exposing them to coding using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, as well as using LiveCode and jQuery Mobile applications.