QCRI trains high school students in coding with python competition
April 24 2021 09:55 PM
Some of the participants of the programme.
Some of the participants of the programme.

Creative Space, part of the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) under Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has announced the winners of its Python Programming Competition, which challenged 90 middle and high school students to put their coding skills to the test.



The students learned the coding language during a 30-hour online programme offered by QCRI over the course of the current academic year. The participants comprised two groups of students from international schools and five groups from 11 Ministry of Education schools.
The successful programme concluded with the Python Competition held on April 10, challenging the students to program a Tic-Tac-Toe game using Python. With the option of competing individually or in teams of two, the students submitted their programs with a video to demonstrate their understanding.
QCRI invited a team of four judges to help in selecting the individual winners and teams: Abdelkarim Zidani, an offensive security engineer based in the Netherlands; Nour Tabet, outreach co-ordinator for computer science at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar; and Ahmad Musleh and Wafa Waheeda, both software engineers at QCRI.
“The students impressed us with their programming skills and problem-solving abilities," said Ikram Zidani, Creative Space co-ordinator at QCRI, after the competition. “QCRI designed the intensive Python course and the competition to help equip these budding programmers with the skills, knowledge, and experience in the intricacies of programming language to begin their learning path early. The course is not only an excellent preparation for the challenges of the university-level programmes offered at HBKU, but also challenged the students to demonstrate their academic and personal skills. Well done to our winners.”

QCRI’s Python Competition winners are:
* First place: Team - Creative Coders with Anas Osama Abdulhamied Mosaad and Ahmad Osama Abdulhamied Mosaad; and Individual - Mahmoud Amr Mohamed.
* Second place: Team - Artificial Intelligence with Momen Ahmed Awad Albanna and Ali Hamza Shaar; and Individual - Mohamed Abdulmajeed AlBulushi.
* Third place: Teams - Python Bros with Mohamed Refaaz and Hamad Refaaz; and Programmers with Mohamed Nasser al-Bader and Akram Alhariri.
“The course had several positive aspects, but from my point of view I think giving the students the opportunity to innovate was the distinctive one that gave a beautiful and unique character to the course, and of course all thanks to Dr Eman Fituri, the director of Educational Initiatives at QCRI, and Engineer Ikram for guiding us and teaching us throughout the course,” said AlBulushi, a student from Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration School.
“I liked the experience of competing against other people and measuring my strengths and my weaknesses. I would like to thank our teachers, Dr Eman and Ms Ikram, Creative Space and the judges for all the time they put in to teach us how to code,” added AlHariri, an international student from UK Trinity Academy.
For more information on the work of QCRI, one can visit qcri.hbku.edu.qa

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