Unley Publications : Unley Life Summer 2017
UNLEYLIFE 13 Three Black Forest Primary students are flying high after being named the State winners in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. The Year 7 team members, Henna, Marilyn and Emily, were recognised for their smar tphone app Poket.i ., which helps children to develop financial literacy by earning rewards for doing household chores. Search for the Nex t Tech Girl Superhero is a 12-week national program run by not-for-profit organisation Tech Girls Movement. It aims to kick start girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) futures. Emily, 13, says the trio are “over the moon” to be named South Australia’s winning team. As par t of their submission, the students developed an app prototype, a business plan and pitch and demonstration videos to market their concept. For Henna, 12, the best part about being a ‘Tech Girl’ is learning new programming skills and creating an app for people around the world to use. While Marilyn, 12, says the program has helped to shape her career aspirations. “In the future, I would like to become a business owner and this program has given me the confidence to do anything I put my mind to,” she says. A second team from Black Forest Primary School were also named finalists for the app Identify Me, designed to allow users to readily identify and learn about native wildlife. For more information about the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero, visit techgirlsmovement.org Black Forest Primary trio soar to superhero status “In the future, I would like to become a business owner and this program has given me the confidence to do anything I put my mind to.” Marilyn Tech Girl Superheros Henna (left), Marilyn and Emily.
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