ST Columba Anglican School students have been showcasing innovative technology in Sydney recently.
Year nine students Zac Stewart and Chris Palin entered the Young ICT Explorers competition at UNSW, where Chris was awarded winner of the year nine and 10 division.
Chris built an RFID card reader and linked this to a Filemaker Pro database to simplify roll marking for schools.
He said it was a fantastic experience to be able to demonstrate the project to people in the IT industry.
“It was also great to see other projects from students around the state,” he said.
Zac, who built an Arduino controlled plotter, said it was great to see the complexity of some of the projects other students had made.
“I would definitely recommend getting involved next year,” he said.
The following Monday they joined several other St Columba students displaying their tech projects at the Powerhouse museum Young Creators Conference.
Year four student Shalise Leesfield developed a project she called Minetap, using a Makey Makey to link oversized blocks she had created to the game Minecraft.
She developed this project to make it easier for her friend Ella, who has cerebral Palsy, to play Minecraft.
“I’m happy that Ella can now play Minecraft and I enjoyed showcasing my work at the Powerhouse,” she said.
“It was fantastic to see all the other interesting projects from other schools”.
Shalise was inspired by the experience, saying it was a really good opportunity to make something technical unlike anything she has done before.