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Mandela University’s Department of Computing Sciences recently concluded its inter-schools virtual coding tournament which started on Mandela Day, 18 July 2020.

Schools from across the country took part in the tournament using BOATS, an educational coding app developed by a team from Mandela University.

A total of 490 learners from 95 schools and organisations took part in the tournament with 10 227 score submissions.

While having fun, pupils were educated in coding, marine pollution and Covid-19. The tournament was a fundraiser for the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANNCOB).

For every pupil who entered, R15 was donated towards the organisation.

The two winning learners who each won a Tablet, were Zukhanye Swaartbooi (left) from Khulani High School in Mdantsane, East Lodnon and Simamnkele Dekeda from Nowell High School in New Brighton. Park Primary School from Lenasia in Gauteng was the best participating school, winning themselves R4000. In addition, two organisations each won a R3000 prize – “Keep That Gold Shining” from Pretoria and the “Good Work Foundation” from Hazyview, Mpumalanga.

Thanks to the Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) outreach project, In Communities, the Centre of Science and Technologies, won R4000 as a winning Cape Town school. Six schools from Cape Town each won a TANKS coding school kit. AWS will also be making a donation to SANCCOB.

Nearly 90 learners each won 500MB of free data, and one learner from Grey Junior, won the R500 lucky draw prize.

San Miguel, one of the world’s leading fruit and vegetable companies, donated 1.5 tons of fruit to PE schools, which will be distributed once schools reopen in August.

Contact information
Prof. Jean Greyling
Head of Department & Associate Professor
Tel: 27 41 504 2081