Year 9 Students are Amazon Longitude Explorer Finalists

We are very excited to announce that two of our Year 9 Computer Science students, Alisha Seath and Isabelle Ritchie, have applied and become a national finalist for the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize run by Nesta Challenges.

The teams were chosen during a grueling deliberation session by the judging panel, which saw the judges whittling down over 150 impressive entries.  

The girls have come up with the idea – EcoKnow, which is an app that would scan the item and tell you what category to sort it into and then show you the nearest place you could recycle it at while also giving the users information on the items carbon footprint.

The Prize received more than 150 entries this year from over 500 young people across the UK. The finalist teams will now be connected to an expert mentor from Amazon and other industry-leading organisations, who will mentor the teams on topics such as data analytics, software engineering, robotics, and app development, to create prototypes of their concepts to help determine the winner this July.

They will also be invited to participate in the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prizes’ Enterprise Academy business day workshops and will also receive one-to-one technology support from FireTech UK – the UK’s leading technology course provider for children aged 8-17.

Mr Etisoy, Computer Science Teacher at St Benedict’s said:

“The competition was open to all secondary age students up to 16 year olds in the country. This is an amazing achievement for two of our Year 9 Computer Science students, Alisha and Isabelle to become a national finalist in such competition. Well done to both.”

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