11-year-old beats out 3,000 people in coding competition
A Black 11-year-old boy claimed victory over 3,000 participants in a coding competition, earning himself the “Best in Class” status for the XPRIZE Connect Code Games.
Dominic Darby, a student from St. Catherine, Jamaica, was awarded $1,000 from the junior division of the competition, which the non-profit California-based XPRIZE sponsored.
His winning piece entitled “How To Fall,” where the game character moves through multiple levels while getting away from different obstacles. It took Darby several months to finish the game, which is the first-ever game he created using MIT’s Scratch method, a specialized coding environment designed to connect with young people’s interests.
Shellian Darby, his mother, said he first learned about the platform when he was 6-years old when he attended a summer program held at the University of the West Indies.
According to blackbusiness.com, she added that he is partly self-taught as “he enjoys reading books and watching YouTube tutorials about coding” and plans to study computer science.