School wins competition for game idea

Pupils who came up with the Lock and Learn idea NNL-140331-170538001
Pupils who came up with the Lock and Learn idea NNL-140331-170538001

A laser tag game designed by pupils and teachers in a student-staff collaboration at Chipping Norton School has won a prestigious nationwide competition.

Chippy won the secondary schools section of the contest, The School We’d Like, organised by leading schools’ insurer Zurich Municipal. It beat entries from 300 other schools.

Run with national newspaper The Guardian, the competition asked students and teachers to develop an idea that would improve the quality of life in their school.

And after attending the national finals in London, the school is celebrating winning £5,000 to put its plan into action.

The Chippy team’s idea was to build a laser gun obstacle course to teach maths.

Steven Mavromichalis said: “The Lock and Learn lessons see a shed in the school grounds transformed into a maze, with students forming into teams to navigate through.

“To successfully complete the course pupils need to unlock a series of gates by solving a sum and firing their laser at the correct answer.

“As well as being a fun revision tool, the school believes the laser gun game will promote teamwork and help students think under pressure.

“The students are well deserved in their victory. They dedicated a lot of time and effort in developing the idea for Lock and Learn and everyone at school is extremely pleased to hear they will soon be proud custodians of a maths classroom like no other.”

David Cameron, Prime Minister and MP for Chipping Norton, said: “It’s fantastic to hear Chipping Norton School has been successful in the School We’d Like competition, winning £5,000 for an idea that could improve school life.

“The children and teachers’ proposal for a laser tag game to encourage mathematics is really inspired and it’s great to hear it will now become a reality. I know it will have a real impact and hope everyone benefits greatly from its installation.”