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Cookstown High School, Cookstown

Innovation Breakfast

7th Apr 2017

Innovation Breakfast and Launch of Digital Outreach Project – Sponsored by ‘Cookstown-Karro Foods’

CHS hosted an Innovation Breakfast on Thursday 6th April to showcase innovative pupil projects and launch their Innovative Digital Outreach Project. The breakfast, sponsored by Cookstown Karro foods, was attended by over 40 invited guests from companies, organisations and the education sector.

The event showcased sixteen projects which have won over 25 awards over the past three years. Company representatives had a chance to meet the project teams, hear about their work and provide advice and guidance for future project development.

Amongst these represented were Keylite, Steelweld, BA Components, HSSNI, Auiiointernational, Sensata, CBD Power LTD, TES Group, BOI, Emerson Commercial & Residential solutions, Cookstown KArro Foods, CDE GlobaL, Queens University School of Engineering, MMD Communications, Turkington Livestock Systems, Catalst Inc, KDM Hire and McVey Bros. The breakfast also had representatives from a range of local primary schools.

Robert Johnston, a Senior Teacher at the High School and the Young Innovator Project Coordinator, highlighted the value of partnerships in the success of school Innovation Projects and commended the support provided by CDE Global in the ‘PiView Alternative Energy Project’ which last month won the BAE Inspired Work Award at the Finals of the UK Young Engineering Competition.

Projects on Display:

1. PiView Energy (TJ Lindsay, Roan Anderson, Simon Paine & Jack Scott)
2. DavaghNav (Daniel Weir, Vincent Wong)
3. FarmSafe (Ewan Brown and David Boyd)
4. Moneymore Heritage Trail (Olivia Thompson, Tyler Crooks)
5. HiPi – Near Space Balloon (Gareth Watt)
6. MineCraft our School (Arianna Brown, Emily Watt)
7. MicroBit Engineering (Jake Anderson,) 
8. Makey Makey Engineers 
9. ReThink Your Drink - App (Victoria Thompson)
10. ReThink Your Drink - Sugar Content of drinks (Kristyn Cuddy, Emma Halliday)
11. NIBA Bowls - (Joshua Dripps / Matthew Montgomery)
12. Life in the Old Dog Yet - Linux upgrades (Joshua Dripps / Matthew Montgomery)
13. Holographic Display - (Joshua Dripps / Matthew Montgomery)
14. EcoSmart 
15. F1 for Schools 
16. Green Car project - (James Warwick, Christopher Knipe)

Key Awards:

EcoSmart: Recycling Mobile App
University of Ulster App Camp and EireCom Junior Spiders (Best Mobile App)

DavaghNav: Mountain Bikers App
Junior Dragon Den Finalists, Eircom Junior Spiders Best Mobile App winners, Invest NI Award winners, Finalists in Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award 2014 and Irish News Career Inspiration Award

HiPi: Weather Balloon Project
Sentinus Best Intermediate Level Engineering Project and University of Ulster Award for Best Use of ICT

FarmSafe: Farm Safety Mobile App
Sentinus Bronze Crest Award Runner-Up, 'goconqr' Award for Best Use of Software to Support Learning

PiView Autonomous Weather Station - solar panel and wind turbine
Energy: Overall winner of Crest Silver Engineering Award, Sensata Technologies Award for Engineering, Helm Housing Award for Energy Conservation, Northern Ireland Young Engineers Award, Big Bang Fair 2017 Representatives, Twice National Finalists in UK Young Engineers and winner of BAE Inspired Work Award 2017

RethinkYour Drink:   Research project analyzing sugar content of soft drinks
Sentinus Science Award and National Finalists at UK Young Scientists Competition

GreenPower: Electric Car Design
'Overall Best Newcomer' Award and two race awards

F1 In Schools: Model F1 Car- design and racing
   Overall fastest car, Innovative Thinking Award, Best Team Identity and UK National Finalists

Slacko: Computer Upgrade Team
Bronze Crest Award Runner-Up

The event marked the launch of an innovative Digital Outreach Project funded by Cookstown Karro foods which will provide feeder primary schools with Mobile App Development Workshops. The workshops will be a combination of lessons, activities and support through after school clubs.

Mrs Ashley Cunningham principal of Moneymore Primary School, speaking at the event, highly commended workshops delivered by Cookstown High School in 2016 in which a Heritage Trail App was developed by Moneymore pupils and featured on BBC Radio, ‘Your Place and Mine’.

The Digital Outreach project aims to develop skills in Problem Solving, Storyboarding, Prototyping, Computational thinking, use of GPS Satellite technology and QR Code development.