The ‘Interschool Compuskills Championship’ was organised by Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabh School, this year as well. This competition requires students to create a project using ‘Scratch’. Scratch is a Visual Programming Language, by which one can program interactive stories, games and animation. The students are given topics, on which they have to create their projects.
This year's topics were:
1) My City 2020
2) Ocean Life
The students need to present a story or a game of 2 to 4 minutes on any one of the given topics. Each school can send upto a maximum of 5 entries, with 2 students forming a team. Walnut school, Shivane sent in 5 teams (ranging from Std. 5 to 7), under the able guidance of the Computer Teacher – Mrs. Shraddha Dixit.
A total of 49 schools participated this year, which meant that the judges had to asses around 250 projects in the first round itself. Out of these, 25 projects were shortlisted for Round 2. One of our teams, comprising of Aditya Borade and Rajas Padicharayil, made it through to the second round. They had created a project on the topic ‘Smart City 2020’.
In the second round, the students had to present their projects to the judges. The judges were from an IT background so you can imagine what technical questions our students must have faced! We are proud to say that not just did our team survive this grilling session but also made it through in to the final round, where only 4 teams had qualified.
1) Walnut School
2) Hutchings School
3) Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabh School
4) Vidya Pratishthan’s Magarpatta School
At this juncture, the expectations from our current year’s team were very high! Walnut School, Shivane had been on a winning streak for the past two years, and we were all really hoping that Aditya and Rajas earned us a hattrick.
The third and final round was held at Tilak Smarak Mandir on 1st of September. Mrs. Madhavi Desai (Principal, Acharya Shree Vijay Vallabh School), Mr. Subhash Parmar (Chairman) and Mrs. Pragati Joshi (Coordinator) graced the event with their presence. The guests of honour were Shri Vishal Solanki (Education Commissioner, Maharashtra) and Shri Shushrut Vaidya (Vice President, Infosys). After our students presented their projects to a judges’ panel consisting of Mr. Rahul Shah (IBM), Mr. Prasad Bokil (TCS) and Mrs. Pradnya Kulkarni (Assistant professor, MIT), Ketaki Bhale (TCS), Prabhakar Gadupudi (Persistent Systems), Tushar Desai and Sachin Patil, the finalists were asked some gruelling questions again. Aditya and Rajas coolly and smartly fielded these questions.
Finally when the phrase “And the winner is….” rang through the auditorium, the teams were on the edges of their seats.“…Walnut school”, echoed through the auditorium and Aditya and Rajas leapt up with joy! They received a memento each, a certificate and a cash prize of ₹4000. Their mentor through this entire process, Mrs. Dixit, was awarded as well.