Thursday, 8 December 2016

Techgirls using their coding powers for social good

Three of our Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools out of 75 entries were finalists in this years national 2016 Tech Girls Superhero Challenge .

NSW Winner: Nagle College, Blacktown
Runners Up: Our Lady of Nativity Lawson ( Primary) ; St Patrick’s Dundas ( secondary)

The TechGirls challenge is for female students in years 4-12. Teams consisting of 3 to 5 young women identify a problem, create an app to solve it, code the app, build a company to launch the app in the market, and pitch their plan to experts­­ all in 3 months. 

This project­ based computer science and entrepreneurship curriculum reinforces digital representation of information, algorithmic thinking and programming, and emphasises the societal impact of information and information technology. It teaches girls life skills such as how to identify problems, design and test solutions, collaborate in a team and communicate to different audiences.

The 2016 theme for the challenge was:
Solve a problem in your local community: technology for social good. 

Nagle College Blacktown pitched and created a prototype App called 'Amuse' to reduce stress for teenagers.  See their pitch video here.

Our Lady of Nativity Lawson pitched and created a prototype App called Mountains Adventurer to help families and children find things to do in the Blue Mountains. See their pitch video here.

St Patricks Dundas Marist pitched and created a prototype App called Appletic to help sports team manage participants and interact and check details with each other.  See their pitch video here.

To get involved, teams registered for the Next Tech Girl Superhero and submitted a pitch (through video) and other deliverables. After this, teams chose to enter the global 2016 Technovation competition to pitch against others internationally. School girls will learn skills to be a tech entrepreneur by working through set tasks to build an app. All teams are matched with a mentor.

Read all about the Finalists, runners up and special mentions here

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