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RPA team design winning learning tool

posted 7 Feb 2014, 01:15 by Web Admin   [ updated 14 Feb 2014, 02:38 by Phil Broughton ]

AET Enterprise Challenge Winners' Report 

iC (In-Control) logo
The challenge was to develop a Learning Tool - anything that could help a student of any age learn, show understanding or revise a topic. The project ran over four weeks, each week’s task being revealed once we had made it through the previous round. Overall 22 teams from AET schools entered. 

Four Year 11 students (Brandon B, Daniel F, Ravi V and Roxanni S) and two Year 10 students (Maddie S and Patrycja C) took part and formed their team with the name iC (In-Control) supported by teachers Julian Stone and Mary-Jane Blease.

Our team recognised early on that they needed to go further than the brief as there is already a vast array of applications on the market designed to aid learning. What they decided was lacking was an app that could put students back in control of their learning, facilitating personal organisation and collaborative learning. The team also wanted to ensure that the app achieved more than simply moving paper based tasks to screen and this led them to develop the game element, wiki and forum features.

Each week the team completed tasks ranging from initial development, prototype development and review, evaluation and improvement, marketing, filming a TV commercial (see the video on this page) and finally a Dragon’s Den style presentation through video conferencing. The Team gave an excellent presentation and were asked some very demanding questions; however, they responded brilliantly. They thoroughly deserved to win!

Now that we have won, we will be visiting the BT Adastral Park development and research centre near Ipswich and then the possibility of developing the app will be explored. We are all very excited!

Comment from Judith Orrick (FoRPA Vice Chairperson):

"This is such a wonderful achievement, and a fabulous learning tool. Well done once again RPA, forever equipping your students with the innovation and creativity they'll need to succeed in life! Such a desirable product, and  I love the clever use of the name, the design of the logo and its user friendly application too. So proud to be part of such talent and drive! Here's to celebrating another winner!"