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App-y kids at Dominican have got what it takes

Second place winners - Matthew Youssef, Ben Rafferty, Harry Calwell and Andrew Holmes from Dominican College Portstewart are pictured with Johnny Crutchley (teacher), Stuart Henry (Digishare 360), Steven Johnstone (Kainos), Conor Woods (Geopii) and Debbie Mitchell (leader) pictured at the final of the University of Ulster's WiCADET camp. INCR06-126S

Second place winners - Matthew Youssef, Ben Rafferty, Harry Calwell and Andrew Holmes from Dominican College Portstewart are pictured with Johnny Crutchley (teacher), Stuart Henry (Digishare 360), Steven Johnstone (Kainos), Conor Woods (Geopii) and Debbie Mitchell (leader) pictured at the final of the University of Ulster's WiCADET camp. INCR06-126S

OVER the past few months pupils from local schools have worked with WICADET, a group from Magee University, on developing an android mobile phone app.

The pupils’ challenge was to develop and market an app which would be both educational and entertaining for their peer group. The competition was won by a team from Cross and Passion, Ballycastle who designed an app on local tourism.

The runners-up were the “Mathleships” team from Year 11 in Dominican College, Portstewart who focused on developing mathematics skills by combining elements of the game Battleships with solving mathematical equations. Each member of the team was commended for their work and awarded a tablet computer on which to hone their ICT skills.

The team included lead programmer, Andrew Holmes, Ben Rafferty, executive producer, Harry Calwell, PR manager and Matthew Youssef, general logistics director.

A Second Dominican group “Chem4kidz”(Naomi Black, Tara Judge, Owen Tohill and Nathan Stockman) devised a chemistry based game which is directed towards junior secondary school students and which tests their knowledge on different formulae.

A final Dominican team (Timothy Davidson, Alish Deeney, Siena Morelli and Alisha Jordan) devised an app by the name Kcalculator which had a Biology focus.

Mr Lynch, Head of ICT, commended these pupils for all their work on the programme over the past three months and he thanked both Mr Crutchley as the group’s leader and James Taylor, a past pupil who helped mentor the group.

 
 
 

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