Students shine at national awards
For the past five years, Year 8 and 9 students have had the opportunity to participate in the Apps For Good programme, which allows them to work with industry experts while developing an app to solve a real-world problem.
This year, one of Denbigh’s student teams ‘Team Elite’ were delighted to reach the finals of the national Apps For Good Awards with their app “REnlightenment”, which helps educate primary school children about different religions.
In June, Raees (Year 9) and Yasin, Nadiyah and Safaa (Year 8) travelled to London for the day with Miss Fulcher and Mrs Darcy, where they spent the morning at the national headquarters of Lego. Also present from Year 9 were Kinza and Sulaiman as well as Tasneem from Year 11, who attended as former Apps For Good Denbigh “Fellows”. During the visit, the students got to see “behind the scenes” at a major technology company, as well as take part in a number of coding challenges with a Lego car!
In the afternoon, the team travelled to the arts and media centre “Rich Mix”, where they presented their app idea to a “Dragon’s Den” style panel, before participating in a two hour market place event where they spoke face to face about their app with industry experts from Spotify, Samsung, Virgin and Apple.
Although the team did not bring home the prize in their category, all the students agreed it had been an unforgettable day where they had improved their teamworking, confidence, oracy and eloquence skills immeasurably. It has also inspired many of the students to now pursue a career in the