A team of three Year 8 students from Newquay Tretherras have been announced as finalists in the Apps for Good Awards 2015, to be held on 18th June at the Barbican in London.
The national Apps for Good Awards celebrates the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers, getting young people to create an app that will have a positive impact in the world.
The Newquay Tretherras students’ app, Sports Watch, which has been shortlisted in the Productivity category powered by SAP, is designed to help teachers make Sports Days better.
The students will join 17 other finalist groups from across the UK in pitching their apps in front of a panel of expert judges, comprised of industry leaders and high profile figures.
The competing teams are also up for the People’s Choice Award, which is selected by an online vote held from 9-18 June. During this time members of the public can vote for their favourite app at www.appsforgood.org/public/awards/2015/peoples-choice
The winning team in each category and of the People’s Choice Award will work with a professional development agency to launch their app on the market, supported by Apps for Good and their category sponsor.
One of the students, Jack Hazel, said, “We were so happy to be chosen as finalists that when our teacher told us we were all jumping up and down with excitement. We can’t wait to get to London to meet the other contestants and Dragons!”
Mr Mike Bartaby, Teacher of Computing commented, “I am so pleased for the team as they have been so professional throughout the year so to be nominated as finalists is a fantastic acknowledgement of their achievement.”
He continued, “Although Apps for Good was only run as an after-school session this year, it’s been so successful and beneficial to students that we are looking at using it as part of lessons. There are so many opportunities to match it up to the new computing curriculum and in preparing out students for the real world.”