Teens take software from concept to code

Published:18 November 2014

Concept to Code competition entrants pictured with teacher Warwick Atkinson (left) and Adjunct Professor Ross Quinn. Below is Dr Ron Balsys congratulating the competition winner Alex Kirk.

Rockhampton teens have been able to take software code writing 'from concept to code', thanks to a competition facilitated with help from CQUniversity.

The project was a pilot to determine how to encourage more students to develop code-writing skills.

The North Rockhampton State High School students boosted their programming knowledge with input from science teacher Warwick Atkinson and CQUniversity senior lecturer Dr Ron Balysys. The initiative was also supported and encouraged by CQUniversity Associate Dean (Engagement and Co-op Programs) Ian Devenish, and Adjunct Professor Ross Quinn.

They had the incentive of iPad Mini and iPod Touch prizes provided by former NRSHS and CQUni student Bevan Slattery, who is now an international IT entrepreneur. (Mr Slattery has previously received an honorary MBA from CQUniversity for his business and community contributions.)

The winner was Alex Kirk and runner-ups were Matthew Armitage and Lachlan Mackintosh.

Professor Quinn said Dr Balsys had done a fabulous job of engaging the students and imbuing them with enthusiasm for code writing skills.

"There's been a real commitment by both Ron and the school and this is another great example of engagement between NRSHS and CQUniversity at a grass roots level," Prof Quinn said.