A MOBILE app that looks like a game but doubles as a guide to healthy living has won a team of Year 6 girls from All Saints’ College the WA Tech Girls are Superheroes competition.
Stella Hermawan, Adeolu Adeoye, Ayona Basu and Riya Singh designed the app to address the problem of poor nutrition and obesity by encouraging users to be active.
“Our app helps keep kids healthy while they think that they are playing a game,” Stella said.
“It is unique because it has an emoji feature that the person using the app will have to look after.
“The aim is to keep healthy by being happy, exercising, connecting with friends and practising mindfulness.
“To motivate the consumer to do this we have prizes like unicorn horns as accessories for the emoji.
“We figured out that if we made our app look like a game, but have self-benefits too, it was a win-win situation.”
The Tech Girls are Superheroes Competition is a nationwide initiative to encourage more girls into STEM careers, with entries required to address one or more of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals.
All Saints’ College junior school ICT teacher Brette Lockyer encouraged the students to enter the competition and said it offered young girls the chance to push boundaries.
“Seeing these young people having to project-manage and team-build was great to watch,” Ms Lockyer said.
“The entire project encouraged these students to develop a can-do attitude and to take risks and great deal of personal growth took place.”
The two other teams in the WA finals also came from All Saints’ College, building apps that focused on mathematical education using time and measurement tools and one on how to use the art of mindfulness to achieve goals.