Student selected for giant computer game

Shoreham Academy student Harrison Wood plays the game
Shoreham Academy student Harrison Wood plays the game

SHOREHAM Academy students found themselves caught up in the UK’s biggest computer game.

One, 14-year-old Harrison Wood, was plucked from an engineering lecture on Thursday to actually control the giant Tetris-style game, played on the side of one of London’s iconic tall buildings.

The ambitious live demonstration, the brainchild of Professor Danielle George, was part of the Royal Institution’s renowned CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Academy students were part of an audience of 11 to 17-year-olds at the Royal Institution’s Faraday Lecture Theatre.

Harrison was whisked from Mayfair to the South Bank to play the game, controlling a festival of light on the 27-storey Shell Centre, involving all of its 182 windows.

He said: “This is incredibly exciting and a very unexpected turn of events. So lucky to get picked. I’m a huge computer games fan but I’ve never played one like this before, definitely not one this big.”

The project, which was shrouded in secrecy, was the spectacular finale to the first programme in the online series Sparks Will Fly: How to Hack Your Home, due to air on the Ri Channel this Christmas.

Professor George said: “What this demonstration showed is that by looking at the devices and objects around us in a new way, and having fun doing it, anyone can learn the skills that could help with solving the world’s problems, something that engineers like me are working towards every day.”