Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) offered Ballyclare Secondary School the chance to participate in an education outreach programme aimed at inspiring young people into careers in technology and aiming to equip students with the skill set of the future (innovation, empathy and creativity skills).
Over the course of 4 days, students in teams of 5, identified a problem they face in everyday life, they designed a proof of concept to solve the problem using the Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
21 teams were entered into the competition, 3 of which were from Ballyclare Secondary School
Team 1 – Collision Course was made up of:
- Joss Peters
- Zoe Dick
- Aaron Craig
- Robert Pook and
- Dylan McGarry
Team 2 – Binary Bros was made up of:
- James Godfrey
- Caitlin Weir
- Lewis Canning
- Jamie Henderson and
- Robyn Marshall
Team 3 – Legion of Wokanda was made up of:
- Nicole Finlay
- Jack Metcalfe
- Lee Swann
- Alexander Esin and
- Cameron Reid
During the 4 days as pupils learnt about new topics they were given an opportunity to incorporate these new technologies and ideas into their solution.
On the final day there was a “Dragon’s Den” event. In order to get to the final, the teams had to compete in heats pitching their products to a panel of three “dragons” from PWC. Out of the 21 teams only 6 teams got through to the final. Two teams from Ballyclare Secondary got selected for the final 6. Collision Course and Binary bros.
The final pitch took place in the main room in front of a panel of 9 “dragons” from PWC and all of the other school teams (roughly 100 people).
Collision Course were placed 2nd with their pitch “K9 Kanteen” beating Bangor Grammar who were placed 3rd. Regent House won the top prize.
Each member of Collision Course were awarded a £25 Amazon Voucher, Certificate and Medal.
During the final prize giving Nicole Finlay was awarded an individual prize of a £5 Amazon voucher, medal and certificate for team collaboration.