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So close! RPA reach the last ten in renowned business prize

posted 29 Sep 2015, 08:54 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 29 Sep 2015, 09:02 ]
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Five RPA, Year 9, students competed against hundreds of teams of all ages from across the UK to develop the best piece of 'Future Technology' as part of the prestigious Longitude Explorer Prize. The RPA team got down to the last ten nationwide but just missed out on the final three.

The prize challenges young people to come up with ideas that use navigational and observational data from satellites for social good. With that brief in mind, the students created an app to help carers manage looking after loved ones with dementia or autism. The judges were touched by how empathetic and honest the group were and felt the idea was both original and practical.

Mr Potapov who co-ordinated the entry said, “The students were in competition with schools who had a far more established history of collaboration with business. They worked incredibly hard on their idea and should feel very proud that they got so close to the final three”.