Uni prom­i­nent at tech awards

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A MATHS app and cy­ber safety pro­gram for chil­dren added up to a dou­ble win for ECU in WA’s tech­nol­ogy awards.

Two ECU projects won awards at the WAITTA (WA In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Al­liance) Incite Awards on June 15.

An­other two were na­tional fi­nal­ists, meaning four teams from the uni­ver­sity will rep­re­sent WA at the Na­tional iAwards in Au­gust.

One of the win­ning projects was a maths app, Aby­dos, de­vel­oped by ECU’s Martin Masek and Julie Bos­ton in part­ner­ship with St Stephen’s School to im­prove pri­mary stu­dents’ skills in frac­tions.

The game is set in an­cient Egypt and blends frac­tions into Egyp­tian his­tory.

It won the most trans­for­ma­tive im­pact on ed­u­ca­tion award and is avail­able on iTunes and Google Play.

A group of com­puter sci­ence Masters stu­dents won the post­grad­u­ate ter­tiary stu­dent re­search and in­no­va­tion pro­ject of the year award for their cy­ber safety pro­gram, Cy­berMe.

The pro­gram uses games and teach­ing mo­d­ules to let pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents teach them­selves about cy­ber se­cu­rity.

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