On Tuesday morning at exactly 6:02am, 25 pupils from Herbert Hurd joined teams from around the city to take part in the Alex Mole Day celebrations.
Mole Day is normally celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.
This year Alexander Road High decided to celebrate Mole Day with a technology twist. The pupils took part in a coding competition using a game called TANKS. The teams were required to code their way through a series of levels with the winning team being the team that progressed the furthest in a set time limit. We are pleased to announce that HHPS won this competition with one of our teams reaching Level 16, closely followed by another one of our teams who completed 15 levels. Considering the other teams involved were all high school teams, we are very proud of our young coders.
The pupils also had the privilege of listening to Prof Greyling from NMU speaking to them about coding and computer science. it was a great experience for our young Hurdians and we are so proud of them.