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Together with Discovery Education, we invited British international schools to compete with their  peers around the world to create their own app. 

Using Discovery Education Coding, students aged 5-12 were guided through a sequence of activities to develop their coding skills, before unleashing their creativity to design their own app!

This year the theme of the competition was A difficult journey.  Students were asked to create an app to simulate a journey to find an important object. Students could make their journey difficult or dangerous, with obstacles to overcome along the way. 

The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of submissions. Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to the winning students!


Click on the links below to try out the winning apps!

First place

Kobe L, aged 11-12, Doha College (Qatar)

Judges' Feedback:  Very user-friendly app, people of all ages can access and play, whilst facing increasing challenges. This is a deceptively simple app with a sophisticated and mature approach to design. The aims and objectives of the app are clear and easy to understand. The app works very well both on a PC, tablet or mobile - making it very shareable and usable. The code is however very sophisticated and well designed to enable this ease of use, a range of complex code is used effectively and efficiently. A very professional and authentic design.

Second place

Ojas J, aged 12, The Arbor School (UAE)

Judges' Feedback: An exceptionally well-designed app, with a really authentic and recognisable design. Great use of the camera feature to enhance the playing experience. Code is well designed and sophisticated. The game is very challenging to play and will suit gamers.

Third place

Gosha T, aged 11, English International College, Marbella (Spain)

Judges' Feedback: This app demonstrates a real rich and creative narrative, with a complex and inventive story. The designer has created a really immersive experience, which will engage the user. Their use of code demonstrated creative solutions to enable them to achieve their vision successfully.


The following prizes and certificates have been awarded to the winners:

First prize: $250 Amazon voucher
Second prize: $150 Amazon voucher
Third prize: $100 Amazon voucher

This competition was open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools. A limited number of spaces were available for MoD schools and BSME, FOBISIA, LAHC, NABSS and AoBSO member schools.