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St Philip Neri students competing overseas in International Technovation Challenge in 2017

In 2016 three students from St Philip Neri School( Sophia G, Claire L and Angelica T in Yrs 5 and 6) partnered with a student from Northbridge Public school at ‘Code Rangers’ – a program held at Northbridge Library that teaches children how to ‘code’. Coding is like programming or a way to create something using technology.   


The girls created an app called ‘Reading Republic’ over a twelve week period entering it in the ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ Challenge and won the Primary division!

The app designed by the students encourages  children to read in a fun and friendly environment. The  app includes quizzes with a reward, minigames that can be played when you earn a certain number of coins, a “My Library” feature where you can take book quizzes and earn coins and write book reviews. You can also choose your own avatar from a book.

On Wednesday, 8th March the girls attended two conferences; both for International Women’s Day presenting their app to hundreds of people..They attended these conferences with their coach, Nicola O’Brien, who runs Code Rangers; Jenine Beekhuyzen, the founder of ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ and their mentor, Monica Wulff, who is one of the CEO’s at ‘Start-up Muster’.

As a result of all their hard work and creativity they received a Government grant to head off to San Francisco on 7th August 2017 for the ‘International Technovation Challenge’ as well as going to Silicon Valley, the home of start-ups and big tech companies.

Our students are excited about this new adventure and are keen to learn more about the fascinating world of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.

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