Pinewood has been home to several Technovation teams. The most recently formed, The Makers, consists of the eighth graders Katherine Chui, Reilly Brady, Megan Chou, and Esmi Pistelak.
Their app, “Trash Trouble,” focuses on educating the user on trash disposal. “Trash Trouble” is a game that allows the user to swipe between three lanes and drop items into one of three categories: trash, compost, and recycling.
Apps, whether we realize it or not, have grown to become an essential building block in the age of technology. They have the ability to educate, entertain, and instruct, and do so on a daily basis.
That’s precisely the reason why Technovation has made it a priority to create opportunities for girls to build apps.
The Technovation system is an international and annually hosted challenge.
Many groups of girls, from any age up to 18, must work together to create apps that contribute in some way to the community.
In a limited period of time, each group writes a business plan, creates a website, and codes an application itself. The winners are selected by an esteemed panel of judges.
“We actually had a lot of fun with it. It’s like writing a persuasive essay,” Brady said.
Chui also shared Brady’s enthusiasm for the subject.
“It was really cool to learn all this stuff and it definitely made me more into it,” said Chui.
Although they faced time management problems, The Makers emerged successful and completed their project before the deadline.
“It was kind of like our own mini business,”
Another team was formed this year by juniors Stephanie Chui, Helena Merk, and several girls outside of Pinewood. Their program, named “STuD,” puts the spotlight on sexually transmitted diseases. Last year, Chui and Merk were joined by classmate Zarin Mohsenin in creating the application “Pixus Reading,” which centered on reading comprehension.
Pixus Reading reached semifinals, an impressive feat considering Technovation’s number of participants.
The deadline passed last week, so they are awaiting the results for this year on the week of May 12.
All Technovation members agree that the competition is not only fun but also an educational experience.
“It got me to learn how making an app is a lot more complicated than it seems. There’s a lot of effort going into it that I didn’t realise before,” said Brady.
The Makers coach and computers teacher Haggai Mark, who helps with the technical aspect of the project, deems it a prime opportunity for girls to get involved.
“It encourages more girls to get into the high tech and programming,” said Mark.