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Tomorrow’s Tech: A team of four students from Argyll and Bute win the Internet of Things prize at the Apps for Good Awards
A team of 12-13 year olds from Dunoon Grammar School in Argyll and Bute have been announced as the winners of the Internet of Things category, supported by Samsung, at this year’s national Apps for Good Awards for their digital product Safe Step.
- Their digital product Safe Step was created to help users keep an eye on friends or relatives by letting them know if they’ve had a fall. Functions of the product include smart bath and door mats so that users will be alerted of falls in high risk zones in the home.
- The Internet of Things category is a pilot education programme being run as part of the Apps for Good syllabus. The course, founded in October 2016 in partnership with Samsung, was provided to 10 schools across the country aiming to teach students to build innovative IoT solutions to solve problems in their communities.
- As part of the course Samsung provided Micro:bits, Kitronik Inventor’s kits, expert mentoring and teacher training to participating schools.
- The winning team had to pitch their IoT idea to a panel of industry leaders at the annual Apps for Good Awards, held on 20th June at the Barbican in London.
- The winning team is made up of: Abbi, Olivia, Rory, Caleb, who all took part in the Apps for Good course in their school, Dunoon Grammar School. The Safe Step team said,
“We are delighted to have taken part in this IoT course – it has helped us to build confidence as well as many other skills. It feels amazing that we are the winners of our IoT category.”
- Now in its sixth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate young tech entrepreneurs who are creating technology products to transform their world.
- Any students who study the free Apps for Good course – currently being delivered in 600 schools to 25,000 students nationwide – are able to enter the awards to gain national recognition and mentoring and support from the charity and its partners.
Heather Picov, UK Managing Director of Apps for Good commented;
“Running the pilot IoT course as part of the Apps for Good programme has really challenged the students, and helped them to better understand this new technology and its potential to make a real difference in their lives and their communities. By working with Samsung, we were able to deliver outstanding training for the teachers who participated, alongside an exciting course for the children.
We’re so proud of the team behind Safe Step for winning this category. They’ve displayed impressive talent and digital skill in coming up with their product. We know they have very bright future ahead in Britain’s technology industry.”