Clever coding wins student top award in tech challenge

Challney High pupil Mathushan Mathiyalagan has own a national prize for coding
Challney High pupil Mathushan Mathiyalagan has own a national prize for coding

A Luton schoolboy has won a national competition aimed at encouraging young people to learn the basics of coding.

Challney High School Year 9 student Mathushan Mathiyalagan, 13, of Luton won a Samsung Galaxy tablet in the Cambridge University Press contest.

He said: “It was really fun taking part and I was keen to work out the coding problem as I knew it would be a big achievement if I solved it.

“I want to become a software engineer so knowledge of programming will be very useful.”

Challney’s head of computing, Mohammed Parmar, said: “This is only the beginning of Mathushan’s long and successful journey into the world of programming.”

Coding has been included in the new national curriculum since September and is part of the Department of Education’s ambition for every child to leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

It aims at ensuring pupils become digitally literate, enabling them to develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace, and as active participants in a digital world.”