School students explore ICT

SAP Research, the global technology research unit of SAP AG, together with the University of Queensland, will hold the second annual Young ICT Explorers of the Year competition, to be held on 13 August 2011.

The competition is designed to encourage young people to develop technology projects and share their creative ideas in a structured environment, supported by their schools.

Schools throughout Queensland were invited to participate in the annual event, which encourages school students from years 4-12, competing in three age groupings, to develop creative and innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects in teams of up to four students. From the total projects registered this year, 73 teams were selected to showcase their project and be judged by an independent panel.

Karsten Schulz, VP and head of business network orchestration at SAP
Research, said the interest and success of this initiative last year has
encouraged many more schools to enter the competition this year.
“Technology is now part of everyday life, and young people are growing
up with tools and devices that provide limitless opportunity for
innovation and creativity.

“Some of these students will be the
leaders of tomorrow, and by exposing them early on to the wonders of
technology I think we are helping them to use their minds in creative,
constructive and innovative ways.”

Last year’s winners included an interactive game built by students from AB Patterson College (Years 4-6), a website developed by girls from Silkwood School (Years 7-9) and a Physics Engine designed by students from Villanova College (Years 10-12).

Being held in the UQ Centre at The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, this year’s event will give students the opportunity to display their projects in a tradeshow-type environment. The groups will set up their projects in booths allowing judges to discuss the projects with students, and assess the projects based on creativity, completeness and presentation.

Students are also encouraged to wander around the hall to talk to other groups about their projects, make an assessment and then vote for the project they think deserves the Peer Award.

The Young ICT Explorer and the Peer Award winners will be announced at 2:00pm on the day. Additional support for the event has been provided by the Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE), and sponsorship from Zer01, NICTA and Izazi.

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