Transition year students from Coláiste an Chroí Naofa in Carraig na bhFear have won the CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network SySTEM App Development competition. The students developed the Recycle Rampage app to encourage recycling at home and at school and impressed the judges with the technical functionality, graphics and marketing of the app. The winners of the CEIA programme were announced at the SySTEM Finals hosted at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) this week.
Awards were also presented to Regina Mundi College for Best App Functionality, while Ursuline Secondary School students won the Best App Marketing Award. The Best App Graphics & Design was won by St Aloysius’ College, Carrigtwohill.
The CEIA SySTEM programme empowers teams of students to develop an educational gaming app over a number of weeks before the final competition. With training workshops for participating teachers and students, CEIA provides support on programming, design, project management and presentation skills, as well as team mentors for each team.
“AT CEIA, we are focused on encouraging STEM learning, and the core coding work of the SySTEM programme is of huge benefit, but also the collateral learning such as design, marketing, presentation and teamwork. Congratulations to this year’s competitors who were all exceptionally good, raising the bar yet again this year,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.
The SySTEM app development finals were judged by Eva Wallace of Johnson Controls, Michelle Donovan of TAPSTAK, Valerie Cowman, Chair of CEIA Educations & Skills Committee and Cork Training Centre and Dr Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA.
For more information on further STEM programmes provided free of charge to schools, see ceia.ie.
Photos: Brian Lougheed