THREE Year 11 St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School students will fly to San Francisco to pitch their app after taking out top honours at the National 2016 Australian Technology Next Tech Girl Superhero competition.
Teale Lyon, Kira Molloy and Delaney Eastabrook began developing the Vocabulary Voyagers app and were inspired to produce the literacy app after it was revealed that NAPLAN results were not improving in spite of increased government funding.
Vocabulary Voyagers is targeted at students in Years 2 to 6 to help improve their literacy rate by focusing on spelling, vocabulary and reading.
The girls will fly to San Francisco next year to visit technology companies in Silicon Valley and will pitch their app at the University of San Francisco.
School Technology and Enterprise head Michelle Fitzpatrick said she was extremely proud of what the girls have achieved.
“They had no app development experience 14 months ago,” she said.
“With continued dedication as a co-curricular pursuit, the team now has a viable entrepreneurial solution to a real-world community issue.
“I’ve been lucky to work with such an inspirational group of girls, and how exciting it would be if they became our future leaders in technology.”
Targeted at primary school students, Vocabulary Voyagers aims to extend vocabulary and improve reading comprehension by engaging students with a variety of fun learning games, which help children to build foundations, which will aid literacy at a secondary level.
These games will support students with their curriculum and future NAPLAN tests.
The Lite version includes four specially designed games Spelling Cannons, Walk the Plank, Anytime Reading and Punctuation Pirates.