Whizz kids make attempt to smash app world record

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Pupils at Woodkirk Academy are hoping to be confirmed as world beaters after taking part in a record-breaking attempt over the weekend.

It’s not very often that the thought of coming into school on a Saturday appeals to youngsters, but the thought of seeing themselves enter the Guinness Book of Records seemed to work.

A group of 36 staff and students came in for the day as they attempted to be part of the largest number of people simultaneously learning to code an Android app on June 13.

Basically that means learning to create a computer program that can run on a mobile phone.

Similar classes were held in other institutions across the country, and the attempt was co-ordinated by BCS Women, part of the Chartered Institute for IT. The event also aimed to encourage young people to consider a career in computer science.

Gillian Arnold, chair of BCSWomen said: “It is imperative that we encourage more women to enter the IT profession. Women and girls are massive users of technology however, they don’t realise they could be part of the profession that generates that technology. IT is at the heart of everything we do these days; this is only going to continue to grow therefore the opportunities are almost limitless. It’s a profession that women are good at.”

Woodkirk’s Head of ICT and computing, Nikie Arthurs, said: “The BCSwomen Appathon 2015 went really well and 36 staff and pupils from Woodkirk Academy coded together joining over a thousand peers from around the country to attempt the world record.

“We are just waiting for the Guinness Book of World Records to verify the record - this usually takes a few weeks - and then we will should see our names of the website.”

Head teacher Jonathan White said: “I am very proud of our students and staff who have attempted this prestigious world record. Computing and IT are shaping the future of our society and this was an excellent opportunity for Woodkirk’s students to learn new skills as part of the broad enrichment programme on offer at the Academy.”