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(STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Students from Loganlea SHS participated in a first STEM Challenge in the Logan District. It was a three day experiential competition that encouraged students to generate a creative and innovative concept/solution and apply an entrepreneurial mindset to improve disability health and aged care in Australia.
Day 1: A team of budding entrepreneurs, Anneke Knol, Kelly Lear, Kadijah Hird and Callum Williams, travelled to Griffith University for the inaugural GLO@LOGAN high school entrepreneurial innovation in health and stem challenge. School, industry and Griffith university mentors encouraged and supported ‘Team Curie’ and 13 other teams to develop and pitch an idea to a panel of STEM industry experts. Anneke, Kelly and Callum came up with the idea of an app that shows wheelchair bound people how accessible local restaurants are.
Ms Caroline Nazareth helped the team complete the ‘business model canvass’, Anneke wrote the script for the 3 minute ‘pitch’, Kelly developed the poster while Callum came up with great ideas and Mr Bright provided technical support to ensure the ideas could be developed into an app using app inventor. The pitch was a success and ‘Team Curie’ made it through to the second round with 4 other schools.
Day 2 & 3 at Mabel Park SHS STEM Hub: The four finalists were invited to Mabel Park STEM Hub for two days to design, develop and refine their prototypes. They had access to a range of technologies such as 3D printers, robots and drones. Students were introduced to 3D printing, GoPro programs and business concepts for networking and promoting by industry specialists and academics.
The students developed their app using app inventor and made a 30 second advertisement with video interviews to promote their app. The coding for the app was composed by Kadijah Hird while the graphics was developed by Kelly Lear. Callum Williams and Annika Knol assisted with the research and provided the content to develop the app. Anneke Knol also developed the presentation and script to present our final product. Mr Bright and Ms Nazareth provided students with support in all areas.
The vision for the app was to include a web based data base that will capture real time data from google maps and allow users to rate the accessibility of a location. Students considered using the resources available at Loganlea State High to further develop the app. They enthusiastically and confidently presented their app and vision that impressed the Logan Mayor Luke Smith, judges and the audience. Students shed tears of joy when they were announced as winners. They won $2000 for Loganlea SHS, a $50 voucher each and developed a wealth of new knowledge and abilities.
Councillor Stacey McIntosh offered to introduce the students to a potential investor. Our young entrepreneurs are looking forward to the opportunity to pitch their solution to fund further development.