Doha College returns to the ‘Alice Competition’ podium
The fourth edition of the ‘Alice Programming Competition’ was held recently by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) and welcomed teams from government and international schools across the country, that use the Alice Middle East software to learn computing as part of their Information Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum.
Following their excellent performance in 2018, one of Doha College’s teams – of whom two students had stood on the same podium last year – earned third place behind Al Arqam and Al Khor. The team comprised Ayaz Zaman, Imaad Tahir, Jack Daly and Mohammad El Madhoun, who all see Computer Science playing a role in their future careers.
‘Alice’ is a software that guides students through a 3D interactive world, teaching them the fundamental skills of programming and computational thinking, and was created at the main Carnegie Mellon campus. The challenge set to participating students was to create an animation or game in the Alice programming environment. The teams were judged based on their programming skills, creativity, oral presentations and teamwork.
Doha College’s awarded program was an interactive game, themed on environmental preservation, whose main message was to promote “cleaning up our environment”. The game had a non-interactive start, to give the player context and instructions, and its main objective was to collect all of the litter that had been polluting an island. Different audio layers (natural sound effects, birds, footsteps), helped immerse the players in the game environment.
Doha College’s digital initiative was introduced a number of years ago and is now enjoying a high degree of integration across the curriculum, apart from the specialised subject of Computer Science offered throughout the secondary school. The theme set by the ‘Alice Programming Competition’ linked fittingly with the school’s focus on environmental issues, Doha College being the first in Qatar to have been awarded the Green Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education, back in 2016.
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