Sacred Heart College student environmental app a winner at HackED

Sacred Heart College students Olivia Bordi, Caitlin Butler, Hannah Wilcock, Jade Bondonno, Rachel Hockton with Spatial Industries Business Association WA chairperson Julia Sparks and Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute regional chair Kerry Smyth.
Sacred Heart College students Olivia Bordi, Caitlin Butler, Hannah Wilcock, Jade Bondonno, Rachel Hockton with Spatial Industries Business Association WA chairperson Julia Sparks and Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute regional chair Kerry Smyth.

AN app developed by a group of Sacred Heart College students impressed judges at this year’s HackED competition.

The team competed against 120 students from seven Perth high schools to develop map-based apps in the event run by Landgate.

They won the prize for location with their app designed to increase the understanding of the harmful effects humans have on the environment.

Year 9 student Rachel Hockton said she and her peers had to create a building design, app prototype and find an appropriate location for the building in Perth.

“We designed an environmental education centre and located it in Bayswater because of the transport options, proximity to schools and reduced environment impact,” she said.

“The building had different rooms showing the impact on different environments today and into the future.”

Landgate chief executive Mike Bradford said the quality of the entries was impressive.

“The students were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the day as they worked on their challenges,” he said.

“They used their creativity as well as the power of location information and technology to develop innovative projects.”