Borden Grammar School GCSE student Jack Hutton took time out of his revision for the recent exams to enter a competition, which landed him a trip to BuckinghamPalace.
Jack (16) entered the peer2peer challenge run by an educational coding organisation called YoungRewiredState and scooped first prize in the game making category. His prize was a visit to the Place where he and 4 other youngsters met the Duke of York. His winning entry was a new take on a computer game called “The Impossible Game” for which he created 4 levels: Speed of Light; Accelerator; Gravity Reversal and To Infinity. It is a game based on very precise timing and high levels of concentration.
After tea and cakes on arrival, Jack (and his father) and the other winners were ushered into the room that opens onto the famous Buckingham Palace balcony. In there, Jack made a presentation which demonstrated elements of the game he created for the competition. “Prince Andrew asked questions and was definitely very interested in the coding, “ said Jack afterwards. “I had a chance to meet quite a few important people including some from Google as well as some from YoungRewiredState.”
Head of ICT at Borden Grammar, Mr David Phillips, encouraged Jack to enter the competition and said, “Jack is a really deserving winner – he has fantastic computing skills and the game he produced is simply outstanding in its construction.”
Real life kicked in again the next day, when Jack returned to school to take his GCSE Statistics exam. He is now waiting for his results to be published in August and in the meantime is planning to visit The Festival of Code to develop his understanding of computing still further.
The photo shows Jack with the Duke of York in Buckingham Palace.