Students took time out of lessons on Wednesday to work with Netcel, a digital agency based in St Albans, specialising in EPiServer CMS, Web Design and Digital Marketing solutions. They had been offered a choice of digital challenges by The British Interactive Media Association who is keen to raise awareness of the digital industry in schools and nurture a new generation of digital professionals.

A group of Year 10 students tackled the Coding Challenge, making innovative games in Java. These ranged from an imitation of the food chain operating in oceans which has the potential to be developed to cover continents and skies, to a driving game which made a social point by emphasising the necessity of avoiding potholes. Students in Years 8 and 9 worked with Netcel’s Senior Designer, Cheryl Natel, on the Digital Design Challenge, using iMockups to plan Apps and websites that would benefit their local community. ‘Appy Dog’ will help you decide on the optimal dog walking route whilst a Commuting App keeps travelers entertained spotting interesting landmarks out of train or car windows.

Schools from across the UK signed up to take part in the BIMA D-Day programme so competition is fierce for the first prize of 100 Raspberry Pis. Netcel might be a touch prejudiced but their CEO, Tim Parfitt, was very impressed with the DCGS entries so we’ve got our fingers firmly crossed.