Doha College sweeps the podium on their first entry to the Alice Programming Competition

Doha College sweeps the podium on their first entry to the Alice Programming Competition

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Three out of the four teams put forward by Doha College for the recent Alice Middle East Programming Competition earned a place on the winners’ podium. To make this achievement even more remarkable, it was the first time Doha College entered the competition, which now on its third edition. The competition was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), and welcomed just under 40 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.

‘Alice’ is 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, centred around a number of different themes, namely Qatar 2022, space exploration, global warming, social issues, or an interactive video game.

Doha College entered four teams comprising students from Years 8 to 10. Amash Mir, Head of ICT and Computer Science at the college, stated: “Our winning team scored full marks in every assessed category. Such was the standard of their work that the judges – decorated professors and academic research staff from neighbouring universities as well as Carnegie Mellon themselves – felt they deserved a perfect score. All of the judges praised the efforts of Doha College students and were in agreement that any one of our teams could have won, and the differences between them were marginal. This achievement echoes the computer sciences department's push towards a holistic computer science curriculum, and in the future we hope to provide further opportunities to continually challenge and encourage the academic growth of our students.”

The winning programme, created by Ayaz Zaman and Mohammad El Madhoun (both from Year 9G), was an interactive game tag called "ECO Inspectors". The students fittingly linked its theme 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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