National Children’s Coding Fest

In April 2017, Code Club Bangladesh helped to organise a pioneering national children’s coding festival for the very first time in the country. With support from the ICT Division and the CSE department at University of Dhaka, young students aged 7-13 from across Bangladesh were set a fun challenge to create their own animations and games using the Scratch coding platform and code club’s various project resources.

The students received instructions on how to upload their projects on to the Code Club Bangladesh website and a committee of professors from the CSE Department at the University of Dhaka helped to pick the best entries, which were judged on the student’s creativity and understanding of coding and programming concepts such as variables, sequence, selection, and repetition.

A final awards ceremony day was organised for 54 finalists and their families at the University of Dhaka and 10 young winners were finally crowned NCCF 2017 Champions.

The winning students took home some great prizes and the remaining finalists also received certificates to celebrate their achievement in reaching the final. They were encouraged to build on their leanings and to come back stronger in NCCF 2018.

The names of our brilliant and creative winning students are listed below:

 

Name

Name of School

Karmia Ferdousi Nazrul Shikkhaloy
Sumaia Sultana Juthi Nazrul Shikkhaloy
Anisa Tabassum Saima Nazrul Shikkhaloy
Aurora Tahsin Tondra SOS Hermann Gmeiner College
Mumtahana Sondhi Kingshuk Participatory High School
Rafiuzzaman Raiyan Motijheel Colony High School
Kaushik Ahmed Motijheel Govt. Primary School
Zulker Niem Rimon Motijheel Govt. Primary School
Abdullah Alif Khan BAF Shaheen College Kurmitola
Afia Ibnat Sreya Evergreen Kindergarten School

 

Here are some quotes from the finals day:

“This initiative aims to help school children become more interested in computer coding through playing games and making  them,while having some fun We hope to introduce more children to coding in the future through this pioneering program,” said Md. Harun-Ur-Rashid, the Additional Secretary of ICTD, who was the chief guest of honour at the final awards ceremony day.

“This initiative has allowed children to think creatively and we have received some great project entries. I can see that the youngsters feel more comfortable in using their new skills to solve computing problems and have been inspired to become digital creators too,” said Prof. Dr. Shabbir Ahmed, the President of the Computer Science Department, at the University of Dhaka.

“It’s great that we have been able to inspire the future generation of digital pioneers from Bangladesh. We are looking forward to reaching even more young students next year,” said Shajahan Miah, Founder of Code Club Bangladesh.

Special Thanks:

Farhana Chowdhury (Code Club Bangladesh)

Mohona Mehnaz Sharmin (Code Club Bangladesh)

Mr Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Honourable State Minister for the ICT Division)

Md. Harun-Ur-Rashid  (Additional Secretary of ICTD)

Dr Syed Hasan (CSE, University of Dhaka)

Prof. Dr. Shabbir Ahmed (CSE, University of Dhaka)

Professor Md. Haider Ali  (CSE, University of Dhaka)

Professor Saifuddin Mohammad Tareq  (CSE, University of Dhaka)

Professor Rezaul Karim  (CSE, University of Dhaka)

A massive thanks to all the volunteers from the CSE Department at Dhaka University who worked tirelessly to ensure NCCF 2017 was a great success. We would like to thank the students for engaging with us and we also would like to thank all our supporters.