In 2020/2021 students completed the Apps for Good course in a year entirely in flux. Sometimes they were working socially-distanced in classrooms, and others during school-time at home or in their spare time after lessons. We wanted to celebrate every award applicant this year and recognise their achievement in another very tough year.
We had entries from up and down the UK and many more from across the world, and while we gear up to announce our finalists (check back here on the 9th of June) we thought we’d spend some time with some of the entries that we’ve received.
We caught up with one of the teams from Gearies Primary School - they came up with the idea of an activity app that would support people with mental health or eating disorders called Recovery Box - we asked them to explain how their app might work;
They took the Apps for Good course at their before-school club mixed with some home study during lockdown. They both said that they found it difficult working from home, but they loved the opportunity to put their skills to the test. We love hearing about why young people were drawn to the Apps for Good course that they took, and it’s great to hear how these two used it to develop their skills including coding and ICT.
After spending the morning with the lovely pupils of Gearies we were off to Rosshall Academy in Glasgow. Rachael and Akrit told us all about Carbon Clean that they’ve created, alongside their team, to help people make small changes to their daily habits.
It was brilliant to hear them talk so passionately about climate change and how they can play their part in helping minimise its effects.
They also shared how they found creating an app during lockdown and how they used Teams to bring everyone together, and prototypes to help bring their product to life.
Akrit shared how he loved bringing the product to life with a survey that they sent round their school, Rachael loved how everything came together in the end.
We loved getting to hear and SEE the big smiles on the students' faces when they were talking about their work and the products that they’ve created. Join us on Wednesday the 9th of June to find out who our finalists are, and learn how you can vote for them in the People’s Choice Awards.