Pupils send queen into space to win national coding competition

Two Manchester primary school pupils have won a national coding competition, after designing a computer game to send The Queen into space.

The Year 3 pupils from Bury Catholic Prep scooped joint first prize in the Discovery Education ISA Junior Coding Competition, which encouraged children to create a space themed app.

8-year-olds Imogen Linas and Zaynah Ghani took the top spot with their royal creation, which sees The Queen and her corgis land on the planet Mars. The talented pupils used Discovery Education’s Coding Service to design the game, and judges were impressed by their imagination and sense of humour.

As part of their prize, the children were invited to take part in a special coding day with their classmates. The event, hosted by Discovery Education at the school on Friday 28th April, saw Year 3 pupils get hands-on with classroom technology and create exciting games and apps of their own.

Teacher Helen Hunter said:

“The children had lots of fun creating their own computer games, and showed real technical ability! The competition was a great way to switch them on to computer programming, and we’re very proud of our winning designers.”

Catherine Howard, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education said:

“We were delighted with the response to our Junior Coding Competition. It’s clear that our young entrants had great fun designing their games and apps and we were very impressed by their imagination and creativity!”

The nationwide competition was organised by Discovery Education and The Independent Schools Association. A pupil from Heathfield School in the Midlands was jointly awarded first place with Bury Catholic Prep.

Primary schools can request a free trial of Discovery Education Espresso Coding at: discoveryeducation.co.uk/trials.