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All Saints' girls team only WA winner of national tech competition

A team of five Junior School students from All Saints’ College is the only West Australian winner in this year’s Techgirls Competition, securing two awards with their innovative phone app ‘Chicken Maths’.

After discovering during their research phase that not all students enjoy maths and this can impact their learning, the Girl Power team built their phone app to help young people learn maths in a fun way at their individual ability level.

Girl Power’s app received the 2020 Techgirls Competition Western Australia Primary School prize, as well as the Jewella Award—a prize awarded by the CEO of Techgirls, Dr Jenine Beekhuyzen, for her personal favourite app.

This is the third time an All Saints’ College team has won the WA Primary School Division in the Techgirls Competition, previously winning in 2017 and 2018.

 

Understanding the importance of maths in solving real-world problems, the team comprising five students from Years 3–6 aimed to create an app to bring an element of fun to maths skills and concepts.

“You have to be able to read and write and do maths to be able to do amazing things in the world,” the team said.

The Techgirls Competition is a nationwide initiative that encourages girls to become confident and engaged in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), using hands-on learning to transform their future and encourage equity in the technology industry.

All Saints’ College Junior School ICT Literacy Teacher Ms Brette Lockyer encouraged the students to enter the competition and said it offers young girls the chance to push boundaries and uncover skills they did not know they possessed.

“The diversity of the team’s talents and digital technology abilities enabled them to complement each other’s skills and work well together,” Ms Lockyer said.

“While they worked cohesively, the students individually took charge of elements such as interface design, coding, video scripting, app testing and video editing.

“Working with the team has enabled me to gain a deeper insight into how our young people learn and apply critical thinking and collaboration skills,” she added.

The program connects the student teams with female mentors working in the technology industry to support them with their app development, as well as highlight possible future pathways.

Team Girl Power worked with Mrs Melanie Gray, BHP Systems Analyst, who provided invaluable advice in planning, consideration of the user interface and encouraging the team to keep things simple.

Team Girl Power members: Sophia Clement (Year 4), Penelope Duff (Year 6), Juliet Gray (Year 3), Aarya Khalate (Year 4), Isabella Wallace (Year 4).