Se­ton Col­lege Just Start It win­ners

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

SUP­PORT­ING fam­i­lies through di­vorce was the goal of the app Split Con­nect, which was cre­ated for the Just Start It com­pe­ti­tion and in­spired by the ex­pe­ri­ences of a Se­ton Catholic Col­lege stu­dent.

A team of five boys won the com­pe­ti­tion, which is based around start-up com­pa­nies.

The goal was to iden­tify a prob­lem in the world and help solve it us­ing tech­nol­ogy such as an app or web­site.

Year 11 stu­dent Reece Markham said he had a per­sonal con­nec­tion with the app.

“My par­ents had a di­vorce, which was the in­spi­ra­tion for our app Split Con­nect,” he said.

“It’s a pro­fes­sional plat­form and puts the fo­cus on the di­vorce back on to the kids.

“It would help a lot of peo­ple and pro­vide sup­port.”

Owen Neal is the teacher of the sub­ject ‘pro­ject-based learn­ing’, which was taught for the first time last year.

“I heard about this com­pe­ti­tion and asked the school if this was some­thing we could ex­plore more,” Mr Neal said.

“The app is an on­line plat­form which brings a pro­fes­sional like a teacher, psy­chol­o­gist or pub­lic ser­vant in to help with fam­ily sit­u­a­tions.

“One of the catch­phrases used was ‘help­ing par­ents to par­ent’.

“The kids got to pitch to 10 dif­fer­ent busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, which was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

It was out of the fi­nals of this com­pe­ti­tion that the team got an op­por­tu­nity to pitch a waste man­age­ment idea to the City of Can­ning for its ‘Hackathon’.

Mr Neal said the team’s idea was to find a pro­gram to en­cour­age re­cy­cling in schools.

“The con­cept was called Toss It and it was all about rais­ing aware­ness in schools and bring­ing it home,” he said.

Jake Mincher­ton said they thought a se­ries of videos would be a good so­lu­tion for the City of Can­ning.

“We re­searched and we found that peo­ple re­tain 15 per cent more in­for­ma­tion through videos,” he said.

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Reece Markham, Josh Flematti, Jake Mincher­ton, Sam Mitchell and Josh Ground­wa­ter.

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