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12 October 2017

National App Competition comes to Sheffield Springs Academy

Year 9 students inspired to create their own unique educaitonal app ideas, to solve problems in their schools

The team behind a national app development competition visited Sheffield Springs Academy earlier this month as part of a national roadshow tour. 

The competition, #UnitedApp, is run by United Learning - the group of schools and academies to which Sheffield Springs Academy belongs - in partnership with ideas-generation company 7billionideas and is open to Year 9 students across the United Learning group.

As part of the roadshow event at Springs, students enjoyed a series of presentations and workshops with 7billionideas staff and their teachers, with the aim of kick-starting their ideas for the competition.

Students will now work in small teams to come up with their designs for an educational app, identifying a gap in the market and creating a proposal which would benefit them within their own school.

The winning app will be fully designed and launched in the App Store next year, alongside previous winners such as a ‘Financial Helper’ app for young people and an anti-bullying app.

Commented Sheffield Springs Academy’s Head of School Mark Shipman:

“This is a fantastic event to be involved in and our Year 9 already have their thinking caps on. Fingers crossed that they create the winning entry!”

Dominic Norrish, Director of Technology at United Learning, said:

“#UnitedApp is much more than a competition to create an app. It seeks to cultivate key skills in students such as teamwork, leadership, working through and solving problems, public speaking and ideas generation. Through the various tasks involved in this competition, there should be something that appeals to every student, whether or not they are technically minded. Previous winners of this competition have gone on to successfully build their apps and we have the same expectations for this year’s entrants.”

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