Warwick teenage tech-wizard wins prized placement
A WARWICK Year 10 student has earned himself the opportunity of his young lifetime, gaining a spot at the exclusive National Computer Science School in Sydney.
Fifteen-year-old Aidan Young is one of 75 students from around the country who will attend the 10 day summer school in January.
Aidan heard about the summer school from his maths teacher and filled out the application forms.
"Then I told Mum,” he said.
"We weren't sure I'd get in, because the school is usually for Year 11 and 12 students.
"I was so excited about being accepted and I kind of want to skip straight past Christmas and get straight to it.”
Aidan's mum Jenny Ryan said her son was interested in computers from a young age.
"In Year 1 he was the unofficial IT support for his teacher, showing her how to use Microsoft Word properly,” she said.
"I'm thrilled for him, computer science is his passion and I'm more than happy for him to learn as much as he can.”
Aidan said the school would be an intensive course, based around the idea of a central project.
"It's all done in a university style and this year's project revolves around a social media integrated website,” he said.
"There'll be lectures and classes and we'll have the opportunity to implement the knowledge we've learned within the project as well as undertaking on-site visits and mock job interviews.
"It'll be like a university orientation to a degree.”
At home, Aidan has already built websites and coded his own programs, even replicating the classic Space Invaders game from scratch.
His goal is to finish school and head to the University of Queensland to study a Bachelor of IT, majoring in software development.
"Thankfully I've still got a few years to figure it all out,” he said.
"There are lots of options if you have the creativity and the know-how.”