Stu­dents take on tech­nol­ogy

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

YEAR 6 stu­dents at Bea­cons­field Pri­mary School coded, de­signed and cre­ated their own app as part of the re­cent NBN Fu­tur­ist Fair.

Eight schools around Aus­tralia have been part of STEM+X, an ini­tia­tive which en­cour­ages stu­dents to learn about science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (Stem).

The Fu­tur­ist Fair en­ables chil­dren to de­velop a Stem idea that will help brighten their com­mu­nity or Aus­tralia’s fu­ture.

Year 6 stu­dent Amelie Wil­son said they cre­ated an app called FUND, an acro­nym for Fund­ing to Un­der­write New De­vel­op­ments.

“Peo­ple have lots of ideas but don’t know how to start them, so it’s ba­si­cally help­ing ... peo­ple with real ideas,” she said.

“It is an app to sim­plify fundrais­ing fa­cil­i­ta­tion and things like that.

“It can be used to raise money for dif­fer­ent things; it was re­cently used to get some drink­ing foun­tains for the school.”

Marco Per­rone, who helped with the de­sign of the app, said it was an en­joy­able project.

“I didn’t know how hard it is to de­sign an app; it was a learn­ing curve for ev­ery­one,” he said.

“I don’t think any­one in our class has done this be­fore. With the help of my class­mates I have been de­sign­ing the pages with dif­fer­ent things, mapped out all the cod­ing and backed it up.

“We will re­lease it on iOS hope­fully by the end of the term.”

The class pre­sented their app to a panel of judges in Syd­ney last month via a video con­fer­ence.

San­ti­ago James said the pre­sen­ta­tion went well but ev­ery­one was very ner­vous.

“Our com­puter crashed, which was OK, but we got it back up,” he said.

“It was fun talk­ing to them; we didn’t get to see the re­ac­tions from our video but we got to show them the app af­ter all. It went pretty well.”

Teacher Janette Tut­tle was proud of the stu­dents, even though things did not go ex­actly to plan.

“They were con­fi­dent, clear and pas­sion­ate about the project and they were able to share that with the judges de­spite tech­nol­ogy chal­lenges,” she said.

Year 6 stu­dent Amelie Wil­son ex­plain­ing how the FUND app works to the judges.

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