Apps for Good students from the Isle of Mull share their experiences

Recently we caught up with Apps for Good Educator Claire Bidwell who delivers the course in Lochdonhead Primary School on the Isle of Mull off the Scottish coast.

Creating an app to solve a real world problem has had a particularly important resonance for her students as it is ‘extremely useful for them to learn that although we live in a remote island community it does not prevent them from finding the solutions to being an important part of the wider world’. The chance to link up with Experts via Skype has also been extremely beneficial helping to ‘reduce the challenge of living rurally’ says Claire.

One of Lochdonhead Primary School’s student teams have been working on an app called ‘Teach me to cook’. When researching their app idea they reached out to figures from the food industry across Scotland and as a result published a blog about their app on the Scottish Family Food website. We were so impressed with their efforts that we had to share their story here, so read on to see what Ellie, Kara, Ewan, Harry, and Ewan had to say about their app idea.

Ellie, Kara, Ewan, Harry, and Ewan from Lochdonhead Primary School
The team behind ‘Teach me to cook’ from Lochdonhead Primary School

Hi! We are a team of five pupils from Lochdonhead primary school in the Isle of Mull and as part of our learning we are taking part in the Apps for Good educational programme. We are learning how to make an app and we will be able to enter our idea into a competition and our app idea might become a real app.

The app that we are making is called ‘teach me how to cook.’ It will give child friendly meals for children aged 8-16. It involves levels to unlock recipes and get coins to buy recipes that are later in the game. It has links to local produce and gives you nutritional information and useful food facts.

We came up with the idea because one of our team wanted to learn to cook different recipes and find out where different food comes from. We made a draft prototype of our app and shared our ideas over Skype with industry experts. If we win our idea will be available on the app store.

We have enjoyed making prototypes and a video presentation of our app.

Interested in teaching Apps for Good in 2015/16? Sign up here and help your students develop an app prototype.