Students take on technology
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.