#AfGElstree: Hosting our first ever Regional Event in Elstree & Borehamwood

This year we are hosting a number of regional events across the UK in order to highlight the amazing work that is being done in Apps for Good schools and to give more students the opportunity to share their work with other members of our student, Educator and Expert communities.

On Thursday 23rd February students from Apps for Good schools braved the rain and gale-force winds to attend our first ever regional event. At the event, we gathered students from Elstree UTC in Elstree and Borehamwood and St Marylebone CE School in London to attend a few hands-on workshops and to showcase the tech ideas that they had been working on all year.

In the first workshop, students heard from Apps for Good Experts Brett and Louise, who work as consultants at Fluxx, about the importance of creativity, generating innovative ideas and the use of workflow diagrams. It was an insightful talk which was much appreciated by all of the students as well as their teachers.

I really enjoyed the talk that Fluxx gave. It was a high bar talk that was delivered in a very clear and succinct way. My students told me that they found it incredibly useful and I even took some notes for myself!” David Zerafa, Teacher of Computer Science, Elstree UTC

Fluxx Presentation
Louise and Brett of Fluxx share words of wisdom with Elstree students
Fluxx. Students get to work
Elstree students start mapping out ideas during Fluxx’s workshop

In the second workshop, students got stuck into a Dragons’ Den-themed game which encouraged them to think about how to sell products to a variety of audiences in different ways. Each team selected a “product”, an “audience” and a “channel”, and were then challenged to pitch their ideas and to ask the opposing team a few questions.

The result was a thoroughly entertaining yet highly practical game which enabled the students to work on their pitching skills. One team was challenged with finding a way to sell drones to chefs using Instagram whilst another was tasked with finding a way to sell fax machines to filmmakers using newspapers!

Pitch game. cards

Pitch game. students talking
Students from Elstree UTC consider their choices before pitching to the opposing team
Pitch game. students listening
Students from Elstree UTC listen attentively as a team pitches their idea
Pitch game. students from St Marylebone
Students from St Marylebone CE School get stuck into the Dragons’ Den game

Pitch game. info sheet

Pitch game. students from St Marylebone 2

After some aggressive pitching students made their way to the stage to pitch their app ideas to everyone.

Marketplace. St Marylebone girls prep
Students from St Marylebone CE School get ready to present on stage

Before teams got stuck into presenting their ideas two Elstree students, Asher and Adam, who were part of the RocketCode team that made it to the finals of the 2016 Apps for Good Awards, spoke to members of the audience about their Apps for Good journey and the importance of persevering with work no matter how difficult or daunting it may seem.

“We stayed back late every night for a good few months to work on our Apps for Good project but I really enjoyed it. It was great to see our idea come to life.” Asher, student, Elstree UTC.

Marketplace. Asher & Adam
Asher and Adam give an inspiring talk about working on their passion project, RocketCode
Elstree Event. Audience Picture
A thoroughly captivated audience listen intently to Asher and Adam

Soon after this talk, it was time for students to start presenting their work. Students from each school were invited to present in front of an audience of their peers, teachers and Apps for Good Experts. It was clear to see that they enjoyed their time in the spotlight as well as having the opportunity to get feedback on their ideas, take questions from the audience and to see what other students had been working on.

Elstree Event. My Bites 2
Students from Elstree UTC present their app development project to the audience
Elstree Event. St Marylebone 2
Students from St Marylebone CE School present during the marketplace

The event provided the students and teachers in attendance with the opportunity to see the work that students from other Apps for Good schools had been developing since the beginning of the academic year. Many were impressed by the effort that the students had put into their projects and it was clear to see that they took great pride in their work.

It was great to see the St Marylebone girls pitching their ideas….you could tell that they put their heart and soul into their work.” David Zerafa, Teacher of Computer Science, Elstree UTC

This is the first of a series of events that we are holding in schools across the UK this year; watch this space for news about our other regional events!

If you’re a teacher who wants to run an in-school event we’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us at education@appsforgood.org