Hills Grammar teens embrace Python challenge

THE Hills Grammar School students did not feel constricted by the tasks they encountered in the Python Challenge. 

Three students thrived as they completed the five-week challenge, which sets tasks based on Python computer programming language and is run by the National Computer Science School and The University of Sydney.

Daniel Forrest, 12,  was the only year7 student from the school to take the challenge this year and achieved a high distinction.

‘‘Python is very versatile,’’ he said.

‘‘It enables you to do pretty much anything on a computer. You can make games, you can make programs which help you interact with files.

‘‘At the end we were developing artificial intelligence, which responds to what you type in, and you could have a conversation with it.’’

Year10 student Kate Alderton achieved a perfect score in the challenge while classmate Matthew Rashleigh gained a high distinction. 

Both completed the challenge in their Information and Software Technology elective.

‘‘Our teacher thought it would be a good way to introduce us to the topic of programming,’’ Kate said.

‘‘We started off with basic tasks. It gives you tips on how to do things so it helped us with our gaming. It can be quite complicated because you’re using images as well.’’

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