Wick Team Wins Through Youth Challenge 2008
20th March 2008
The final six teams have been announced for ICT Youth Challenge 2008 following yesterday's event at Strathpeffer where young innovators pitched their ideas for the future to a panel of judges.
The teams are from Lochaber, Nairn, Wick, Keith and two from Fortrose and were chosen from sixteen teams of young innovators.
The overall winners will win a trip to the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Two other teams will win sponsor trips - one to BT's European Research Labs at Adastral Park in Suffolk and the other to Microsoft's development headquarters in Seattle.
The competition is all about growing ideas for exciting new businesses based on information and communication technology for young people up to 20 years old living in the Highlands and Islands.
These six best teams have been chosen to go on a week-long 'Hot House' at the Fairburn Activity Centre in Maryburgh, Ross-shire on 23-27 June. There, they will face specialists from a consortium of organisations including BT, Microsoft, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UHI Millennium Institute and HIE.
John Mackenzie is the project manager for Youth Challenge at HIE. He said: "It was so difficult for the judges to choose six to go through as the standard was so high this year and it has never been so close. We congratulate all the finalists for making it this far in the challenge and wee look forward to working with them at the week long event in June."
Robin Mannings, research foresight manager for BT added: "It's very exciting to see the next generation of innovators starting work on their ideas so early in their careers. These young people are our future partners which makes the challenge good for BT and go for the economy.
John Edwards of Microsoft said: Microsoft is delighted to be involved in this activity as the competition directly addresses the key areas of innovation and skills and it's essential to offer support to young people with bright ideas."
Wick High School Team
Alan Sinclair, Laura Oag, Calum Risbridger and Adam Risbridger
Around 400 pupils and teachers attending Newton Park Primary school and Nursery at Wick Campus in Wick will walk to their new school on Wednesday 26 April setting off at 9am from the Old Pulteneytown Academy building. The procession of pupils in their new school uniforms will be led by Highland Bagpipers Alistair Miller and Chester Henry, a P7 pupil, along the new pedestrian access path and ramp down to the new building.
The property is located in a pleasant residential area and is approximately a 5 minutes walk from Wick railway station and the Caithness General Hospital. The facilities of Wick town centre and the expanding Wick Harbour are approximately a 10 minute walk.
The progress of ICT learning by pupils at Wick High School is bucking national trends as more girls at the school take part in the "Apps for Good" programme and teams of boys and girls from the school win UK competitions. Five pupils, Leanne Cormack, Megan Shearer, Konrad Szewczyk, Ellora James, John Sutherland and their Teacher, Chris Aitken impressed Members of the Council's Education, Children and Adult Services Committee with presentations about their experiences in developing Apps and participating in the "Apps for Good" final at London.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today broke the ground on the new £48.5 million Wick Community Campus. The facility, which will replace Wick High School, Pulteneytown Academy Primary School, and South Primary School, is part of Scotland's Schools for the Future programme and will receive more than £17 million from the Scottish Government.
MAKLAB is one of several projects to benefit from SSE’s new £1m Highland Sustainable Fund. It received an award of £40,000 (90% match funding) to establish a MAKLab North workshop at Wick High School and mobile MAKLAB to deliver access and skills training in digital fabrication technology across the Highland region.
Last year a group of Wick High School pupils won an award for creating great new app for your phone. It will cut down on paper work for farmers.
For the school rolls for all of Highland for the past five years see - Five Year School Rolls In Highland Primary School Capacity and Occupancy rates are published at Primary School Capacity and Occupancy.
A week long summer school was held in late July for students of Thurso, Wick and Farr High School students in 4th, 5th & 6th years to prepare them for the world of work. The course, organised by DSRL (Dounreay Site restoratiopn Ltd) on behalf of the NDA (Nuclear Decommissioning Agency), was supported by North Highland College and Skills Development Scotland.
WICK HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE ONLINE REWARDS SCHEME IN SCOTLAND. Wick High School is the first school in Scotland to sign up to Vivo Miles, the award winning online rewards system for secondary school students.
Wick High School Computing Science department is the first in Scotland to be selected as a certified partner with Apps for Good, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage young people to use technology to tackle problems for social good. The new third year cohort of 55 students will be working with industry experts throughout the year to research, build and market apps on the android mobile platform using App Inventor and will then, if selected, take part in a national competition where the winning teams will work with professional developers to re-launch their app and potentially make some money for the school.
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