An 11-year-old boy from High Wycombe is one of three children to win a national technology competition.

George Hawthorn triumphed in the UK-wide Prodigy Program which was organised in partnership with Microsoft MakeCode.

The competition saw hundreds of children around the country show off their coding skills when it came to programming video games, while the schoolboy from Buckinghamshire impressed the judges.

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Supported by Code Ninjas High Wycombe, George took part in a Roblox developer holiday course, which sparked an instant love of coding.

The gamer was so keen to win that he even studied code gaming when on a family trip to Turkey in the summer.

George’s mum, Cathryn, said: “He has Autism, ADHD and suffers with high levels of anxiety.

“He often hesitates to try new things, especially when he doesn’t know anyone.

“However, he’s always been passionate about technology and understanding how things work.

“George spent a whole session figuring out why something wasn’t working and kept going until he found out what it was and corrected it.

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“This experience has not only improved his problem-solving abilities but also boosted his confidence.”

“During our recent trip to Turkey, George was jotting down codes from YouTube videos – eager to implement them in his Roblox projects once he came home.

“Even while on holiday, George’s enthusiasm for coding remained undiminished. “

“Code Ninjas High Wycombe has truly helped him come out of his shell, and he’s now even looking forward to IT coding lessons as he starts secondary school.

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“We knew the Prodigy Program would be the perfect fit for him.”

Code Ninjas High Wycombe, which is the leading provider of coding education for children  in the community, played a huge role in George’s win during what was the first Prodigy Program event.

Commenting on George’s achievement, Code Ninjas High Wycombe owner Robin Theakston said: “We are immensely proud of George’s dedication and achievements through the Prodigy Program.

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“His story is a testament to the power of coding education in transforming young lives.”

As one of the lucky winners of this year’s Prodigy Program, George won a Microsoft Surface Pro 9 and an exclusive virtual tour of the renowned Microsoft headquarters.

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