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Young ICT Explorers 2015

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Three Roseville College Years 5 and 6 teams have created dynamic Information Communication Technology (ICT) related projects, winning them 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the recent SAP NSW Young ICT Explorers Competition.

Over several months, teams of Years 5 and 6 students worked diligently on big ideas and authentic problems under the tutorage of the Schools' Teaching and Learning Executive, Mrs Abi Woldhuis.

"Groups met on a regular basis to test ideas, research possibilities and to create products that give problems a workable solution. The three prize winning projects each show how real problems can be addressed using ICT, and now have practical solutions thanks to the innovative girls aged between 10 - 12 years at Roseville College," explains Mrs Woldhuis.

The practical solutions included a sensor timer to ascertain if sushi on a sushi train was past its safe consumption period; a solution to locate very expensive; but lost, cochlear implants, and using technology that allows remote monitoring of the safety and wellbeing of a loved one who has limited competence with techology devices.

"Students invested a lot of planning time in the research, testing, design and collaboration phases," acknowledges Mrs Woldhuis. "While each teams' effort is deserving of a top award, I am still impressed that all three places this year were won by teams of young women at Roseville College!"

Overall 1st place this year was won by Year 6 girls Sophie Allen and April Draney, who created a remote communication device (using a raspberry pi) to visually monitor a grandparent living on a remote farm periodically each day. The solution enabled alerts and messages to be communicated to a screen, to prompt a reassuring response from the grandparent.

2nd place was secured by individual entrant Bella Ryan, of Year 6, who developed an impressive integrated solution using satellite technology and maps to track a lost or misplaced Cochlear implant (applying an Adafruit GPS module and Arduino). 3rd place was won by a Year 5 team of Rachel Barrie, Stella Phipson and Isabella Savage, who created a smart solution to expiry of plates at sushi train, an activated pressor sensor and timer alerts a nominated mobile phone via SMS that particular items must be removed - and populates a spreadsheet to manage the data and food turnover.

Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects. Projects are judged by a panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals for their creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation. For more information, visit

Photo: Roseville College Year 6 students, Sophie Allen and April Draney have won Young ICT Explorers NSW


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