Staffordshire was well represented at the Global IT Challenge with local student stunning organisers and participants alike.
Matthew Tonks, a 15-year-old student from Walton Hall Academy, attended the international event designed to reduce the ‘digital disability divide’ and create a truly inclusive world.
Speaking of the event, Matthew said: “I learnt so much. I am always curious, so the Challenge enabled me to learn new ways to solve problems and develop new ideas. When I do a piece of work now, I always think: could I do more?”
Being inspired by the event, the bright youngster is now determined to follow his dream with a career in IT and has found a new passion for Scratch, a programming language involved in some of the event’s challenges.
Commenting on the social aspect of his adventure, the talented teen said: “My favourite part of the experience is all the new friends I made – even from countries I have never been to.”
Following his success at Shaw Trust’s UK IT Challenge in May, Matthew went on to join three other UK representative at the international challenge held in India in November.
In between their technology-based challenges, participants were able to soak up India’s amazing culture, providing students like Matthew with a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore places like the Lotus Temple.
Matthew concluded: “If you are eager in IT, I’d recommend you go for it and enter the Challenge – discover something new and be proud of it.”