London, United Kingdom. – AN 11-YEAR-OLD whizz kid has built a high spec computer from his bedroom in East London.
Joshua Ngoka, from East Ham, constructed the machine in four hours after saving £600 to purchase various computer components.
His father, Nelson, said his son had the ability to build the computer two years ago, but a shortage of funds inhibited his project.
Describing his feelings on completing his task in April Joshua said: “Although I was confident the computer would work I felt happy and excited that I built something which functioned well.
“I did the necessary research and avoided anything that could break or destroy the components, such as static.”
Joshua’s new Windows 10 PC is now the fastest in the Ngoka home and by far the most popular with family members constantly attempting to use it. The machine has a speed of 3:20 gigahertz and 500 gigabytes hard drive for storage.
The talented youngster is now planning to use his new computer to design his first video game, which he hopes to launch within the next few months.
Commenting on his plans Joshua said: “I built a computer because I need a faster and more powerful machine to focus on my next project which is to develop a 2D platform video game, with different levels. I’m also working on a bigger project; a more complex game which will take a few years to complete.”
While the primary school programmer admits the achievements of Bill Gates inspires him it is his father, an IT consultant with an investment bank, who is his chief mentor.
FAMILY SUPPORT: Joshua with (left to right): mum Sandra, sister Sarah-Elise and dad Nelson [PIC CREDIT: Ernest Simons]
Joshua’s mother, Sandra, also believes it is her husband’s IT background which has contributed to her son’s talents in technology.
“Growing up with a dad who is computer savvy has obviously helped Joshua, but his aptitude has surprised me. Much of the tech language he uses I don’t understand and even his father admits that some of the coding and programming language he is learning is beyond him too. The story of Joshua should encourage parents to stimulate their children intellectually. My husband built his first computer at 24 years of age; Joshua has achieved this in half of that time at 11 year of age.”
In April Joshua was rewarded for his achievements in computer development when he won the Hackathon competition and was given £250 from the IT based award scheme.
Recalling his son’s initial interest in technology Nelson said: “Joshua used to play with computers as a baby. Six years ago I remember having a lap top which broke down and giving it to my son who repaired it by looking at You Tube and using his intelligence.
“I’m very pleased with his attitude. IT is a good career path and I only want to encourage my son, rather than dampen his excitement.”
From September Joshua will be attending the East London Science School, in Bromley-by-Bow.
His father also plans to enrol his son on various on-line courses, such as the Cplusplus, to stimulate his programming skills. – Voice
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