Over 100 students presented at our 6th Annual Computer Science Fair.(Katie Ranlin’22/Media)
As a digitized character of Mr. Losambe caught a student red-handed wearing airpods in a lounge, “Busted” flashed across the projector screen, and the entire room erupted in an uproar of groans and laughter.
“Grand Theft Academy,” an Academy-relevant take on the popular video game, “Grand Theft Auto,” was just one of many impressive projects showcased in our Dining Hall during the 6th Annual Computer Science Fair on Wednesday, May 22.
Throughout the past decade, the Information Technology industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy and with it, Columbus Academy’s Computer Science program has expanded tremendously to having over 100 students enrolled in “comp. sci.” classes this school year.
Mr. Feinberg, along with Mr. Corey and Mr. Bolognese, have been instrumental in leading the growth of interest in Computer Science here at Academy through teaching engaging curriculums and crucial problem-solving skills that are transferable to any profession, not just those that are Computer Science-related.
Each year, as students progress along Academy’s Computer Science track from CS0 to HCS3, they can build upon their previous set of knowledge and produce increasingly complex programs.
Using their expertise from a recent unit on networking, this year’s HCS3 students developed real-time multiplayer games. At the fair, students and teachers alike battled each other in captivating rounds of these games, including but not limited to “Tetris” and “Uno.” During the latter, the participants oftentimes playfully conspired together to place down cards in specific sequences to thwart the leading players’ chances of getting rid of their last card and winning the game.
Time flew by quickly with Whit’s Frozen Custard and the vast selection of games in which to partake.
As the event came to an end, many of us walked out of the Dining Hall with smiles, some having been convinced to join Academy’s Computer Science program. And others already anticipating next year’s fair.