Intermediate produces two bright sparks
Two Otumoetai Intermediate pupils are in the running for People's Choice at this year's Bright Sparks Awards.
Ethan Duck, 13, and Will Waters, 12, have both been selected as finalists, thanks to their ideas for new pieces of software.
Ethan’s project is a handwriting app designed for iPads, with dyslexic students in mind. Users encounter letters and words, and use the touch screen to trace the shape of the letters with their finger.
“By repeating the motion, you get used to writing,” says Ethan. “Kids who have tried it say they prefer it over paper.”
Ethan says the hardest part of the project was learning to programming language to design the app, which took him six months. But now he’s had some interest from Matua School, where they intend to try it simply as handwriting tool for Year 1 and 2 children.
Fellow pupil Will also designed a new piece of software for his entry – a teacher planner. He says he came up with the idea after seeing his teachers carrying around heavy books containing all their lesson plans.
His software allows teachers to fill in their daily plans electronically, as well as keep the roll.
- Ryan Wood, The Sun Live
5th November, 2017