Published on: 7 November 2014

Christ Church was the top performing school in Australia in the open round of this year’s UNSW (University of New South Wales) Computing ProgComp. ProgComp, run by the School of Science and Engineering, is open to all Australian high schools where teams of three are given a computer, two hours and five problems to solve.

In September, the Year 10 team of Ben Anderson, Jason Chu and Hector Morlet was among eight teams invited to attend the grand final of ProgComp in Sydney, which also coincided with the UNSW Open Day.

Ben said boys enjoyed the opportunity to compete and to see PhD students, from all faculties, showing off their magical creations. “There were soccer playing robots, a virtual reality helmet, a can-stacking claw, a massive solar powered car and free popcorn,” he said.

The following teams were awarded Distinctions in the open round:

Years 12/11 – Nicholas Lim, Samuel Thompson

Year 11 – Nicholas O’Callaghan, Christopher Fowler, Joseph Brough

Year 10 – Ben Anderson, Jason Chu, Hector Morlet

The following teams were awarded Credits in the open round:

Year 12 – Elliott Smith, Allan Hou, Nicholas Wynne

Year 11 – Victor Oloworaran, Max Evans, Stewart Borle

Year 10 – Thomas Waring, Nicholas Pizzino, Morgan Green

Year 9 – Lumina Gajanayake, Alexander Shearer, Gilbert Porter

Years 7/8 – Albert Smith, William Hu, Ben Davison-Petch