The grand final for the HeadStart Junior Apprentice project took place on Monday 13th July, with a group of Year 5 students from Parkfield Primary School emerging victorious.
During the first part of 2015, Wolverhampton's Learning Technologies Team led in-school sessions with students from Heath Park School, St. Stephen's CE Primary, Bilston CE Primary, Parkfield Primary and Springdale Juniors. The students worked in groups to design a mobile app to support Year 6 students when moving to secondary school. The transition from primary to secondary is challenging for many youngsters, and the themes of the HeadStart programme in supporting the resilience and empowerment of young people are particularly relevant at this time.
The winning groups from each school came together on Monday 13th July at GTG Training to compete against one another in a grand final. The students worked intensively during the day to tweak their app ideas, and to create presentations and advertisements to explain their ideas and designs. They then presented to a team of judges, including the team from Void Applications.
All of the groups worked incredibly hard to refine their ideas and to bring together engaging presentations, and this hard work paid off as group after group presented with confidence and eloquence.
Following difficult deliberations by the judges, Parkfield Primary, and their app design for an app called HS Support were judged as the winning team.
In September, the team will begin to work alongside Void Application to create the app for real. Follow the development of the app, here on the HeadStart FM website.