Oracle Academy announces winners of Romania national competition “Learn to Code with Alice” 2023

January 11, 2024 | 3 minute read
Jane Richardson
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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With great enthusiasm, Oracle Academy and Adfaber.org announce the winners of the ninth edition of the “Learn to Code with Alice” national competition, which focused on the innovative theme, “Educational Applications for Children with Special Educational Needs.”

Each year, the competition, organized by Adfaber and sponsored by Oracle Academy, challenges students to develop an interactive game or story using Java programming concepts and participate in the competition. This year, they challenged young technology enthusiasts to use the Alice platform to create educational applications, games, or interactive stories that support the learning process of children with special needs. In its ninth edition, over 400 students responded to the challenge with exceptional creativity, demonstrating an impressive blend of technical knowledge and sensitivity towards the needs of children with special educational requirements.

In this competition, many students discover how much they can create by themselves, even if they have never programmed before.

Who participated

Every year, the national competition “Learn to Code with Alice” offers students from grades 5-12 across the country the ideal opportunity to take their first steps in the Java programming language.

This year’s competition included participants with experience, who already have a grasp of the basics in the Java programming language and impress the jury year after year. Additionally, some students recently discovered this opportunity and turned their time spent at home on the computer into a learning experience. The competition’s jury carefully analyzed each submitted project, considering adherence to the theme, the effort invested, project complexity, and creativity.

Following the judging process, three projects were designated as winners in the high school category and three projects in the middle school category.

2023 “Learn to Code with Alice” competition winners, high school category

Third place: Team ‘Pixel Syndicate,’ with the project “Rapid Action.” Students Vasile Alexandru Florin and Barbu Andrei from Benjamin Franklin Theoretical High School in Bucharest, under the coordination of Prof. Dinescu Nicoleta, created the project.

Second place: Team ‘Rainbow Builders,’ with the project “Rainbow Rush 2: Castle Escape.” Alexie Eduard-Valentin and Dobre Bogdan Andrei from Matei Basarab National College of Informatics in Rm. Vâlcea, under the coordination of Prof. Ochia Florin Cristian, created the project.

First place: Team ‘Frații Cod,’ with the project “Moon Visit.” Tița Mihai and Ionescu Darius from Ienăchiță Văcărescu National College in Târgoviște , under the coordination of Prof. Vlad Cătălina, created the project.

2023 “Learn to Code with Alice” competition winners, middle school category

Third place: Team ‘Coresi,’ with the project “Educational Games with Animals.” Ungureanu Herman Andrei and Ivan Andreea Bianca from Coresi Primary School in Târgoviște, under the coordination of Prof. Floroiu Daniela, created the project.

Second place: Team ‘BestCrew,’ with the project “Family Dinner.” Turcu Răzvan Cristian and Lițescu Rareș Andrei from Alexandru Davila Primary School in Pitești, under the coordination of Prof. Dijmarescu Cristina, created the project.

First place: Team ‘MathMasters,’ with the project “Temple of Numbers.” Vișan Antonio Sorin and Bărbuță Damian Alexandru from Adrian Păunescu Primary School in Pitești, under the coordination of Prof. Dijmarescu Cristina, created the project.

The winning teams discuss their projects and participation in the competition in this video.

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Jane Richardson

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA


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