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Girls get techy – Nottingham Girls’ High School pupils are App Design Challenge finalists

Girls get techy – Nottingham Girls’ High School pupils are App Design Challenge finalists

Two students from Nottingham Girls’ High School took part in the final of the first Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) App Design Challenge.


The students, aged 14 presented their ideas to a distinguished panel of educators and innovators in the prestigious surroundings of the BT Tower in central London.


Working in teams of no more than five, students from Years 6 – 12 across the GDST were asked to develop an original concept for a mobile app that addresses an issue or need in their school or local community.


The app designed by Nottingham Girls’ High School targeted young people with user friendly software, that helps to calculate individual BMI and promotes health and wellbeing, with a daily calorie guide.


The Challenge helped students develop new skills, confidence and knowledge of the career options available within the broad field of digital technology.


Helen Fraser, chief executive of the GDST, said:


“The GDST App Design Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative opportunity for our students. The entries were of a very high standard and I want to thank everyone involved for their enthusiasm.


“All our schools encourage young people to develop an appreciation of technology early in life and I look forward to hearing more from our finalists in the future.”


Hayley Charlton, Director of eLearning and Digital Strategy at Nottingham Girls’ High School, said: “Elena and Adilaine, from Year 10, beat off serious competition to be selected as finalists for the GDST App Design Challenge. We are very proud of their achievement.”


Elena, said:

“It was a fantastic experience for us and helped develop our skills, in particular coding!”


Adilaine, said:

“We made a conscious decision to design an android app so that it would be more accessible and could be used without wifi.”

L-R Jacqueline de Rojas, VP at Citrix, Nottingham Girls' High School students Elena and Adilaine



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