The IT Department offers students to partake in two contests, Google Code-in and Microsoft Office Specialist Competition.
Microsoft Office Specialist Competition
The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office applications. Participating in this competition provides students with an excellent opportunity to showcase their Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills, have some fun and gain recognition.
SOS HGIC entered this contest for the first time in 2014. Out of the twenty students who participated, seventeen students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam and were awarded a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. Eight students from SOS-HGIC qualified to participate at the National Competition, which was held on March 21st, 2015. Esther Yeboah emerged third at the National Competition, thus qualifying to represent Ghana at the World Championship in Dallas, Texas in August 2015. Due to the success of this competition, the IT department has enrolled students to participate in the MOS World Championship 2016 on 6th April, 2016.
The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The IT department first enrolled students for the Google Code-in 2013 Competition.
The Google Code-in 2013 contest ran from November 18, 2013 to January 6, 2014. During the seven week period students were given bite-sized tasks to complete and submit online. Students could choose tasks from varying categories:
Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions
Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction
Ten students were registered to represent SOS-HGIC in the competition. Four students successfully completed the tasks and were awarded Google T-shirts and certifications.
The department will continue to enroll students in this competition, as the experience gained from the Google Code-in 2013 competition has enriched students’ computing skills in different ways. The Google Code-in competition helps students not only apply what they have learnt in class but build their confidence, work on a project under limited time and improve on their creative skills. Students will be enrolled in the upcoming Google Code-in 2015 competition, starting on December 7th, 2015.