Last Friday, students from LMS attended the final of a national app competition – UnitedApp – at IBM’s headquarters in London. The competition is hosted by United Learning for its secondary schools and run in partnership with 7 billion ideas. It challenges Year 9 students with creating a unique idea for an educational app that they would find useful in their own schools – with the winners getting the chance to make their idea a reality and launch it in the App Store.
As part of the application process, they had to create a video explaining their app design and these were used to shortlist just 11 teams for the final. 3 students from our school were delighted to find out they were one of the lucky teams selected for the final and have spent the last few months preparing for it. This included doing last minute market research with their peers, finessing their designs and putting together a presentation that they hoped would impress the judging panel.
On the long-awaited day of the competition final, the students got the chance to take part in a series of warm-up exercises and presentation workshops with students from IBM before it was their turn to take to the stage. The competition was fiercely contested, as every team gave excellent an excellent presentation to the judges.
Dominic Norrish, Director of Technology at United Learning, said of this year’s competition: “Once again, the quality of entries from our secondary schools has been incredibly high, with a broad range of creative responses to the opportunities and challenges presented by school life. It is brilliant that, each year, UnitedApp demonstrates the impact that thoughtful use of technology can have in education – both in terms of supporting lessons directly and providing helpful resources for students to use outside of the classroom.”
Well done to all pupils who have been involved in this exciting competition.