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UK Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

UK Child Coders Triumph in European Contest

Three youngsters from the UK have beaten off European competition to win a gaming contest organised by Microsoft.

Known as the Kodu Kup, the competition challenges children to create their own game using Kodu, Microsoft's visual learning programming language.

The winning game was a futuristic one in which players compete to defeat an evil robot.

The competition is all part of a huge push to get children doing more coding.

Simon Peyton Jones chair of the Computing at School campaign said: "Computational thinking helps our young people to understand and play an active role in the world that surrounds them.

"The Kodu Kup provides an opportunity for children to creatively engage with computing, whilst also teaching them the coding skills which will help them to secure the jobs of the future."

The futuristic game, Confined, which was created by Alfie-Finch Critchley aged 14, and 12 year-old team mates Joseph Banjeree and Jonathan Haley, won the 12-16 age category.

The boys competed against teams from Portugal, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania and Estonia in the final.

Simon Peyton Jones added: "Computational thinking helps our young people to understand and play an active role in the world that surrounds them.

"The Kodu Kup provides an opportunity for children to creatively engage with computing, whilst also teaching them the coding skills which will help them to secure the jobs of the future."

Speaking about the event, Alfie Finch-Critchley said: "Apart from the event itself, the best part of participating in the Kodu Kup for me was the teamwork. We worked together and we were able to take our individual talents and combine them to get the best result possible.

"Kids don't always need to be told what to do to understand things, through computational thinking and perseverance you can find out for yourself, and if you can get a grasp of computers and computer science you can understand the world around us."


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