Students praised for originality of app design

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A team of Concord Form 3 students will compete in a national competition in Telford in July. The team of Eden Broadbent (project manager), Henry Jones, Shivang Bajla, Rohan Kukreti and Hannah Spencer won the National Enterprise Day competition for their design of an app for Ryman Stationery Company.

Their app would allow users to submit designs for a monthly design competition with successful competitors then having their artwork appear on Ryman products. The team also linked in an ‘inspirational blog’ which they believed was effective for Ryman.

Members of the team felt it ensured that new and fresh ideas would be regularly available and beneficial to the user in terms of the potential access to recognition for design.  Ultimately, possible passage into an industry in which it is difficult to gain entry.

Their originality was praised by the three judges, Rachel Coward, Head of Lower School, Georgie Taylor, Head of Form 3, and Hannah Sutcliffe, design support at the National Enterprise Company.

Hannah visited the college with Liam Brookes, the company’s area manager, who was also impressed with the high standard of the app designs.

Said Hannah:  “The students were very engaged, it was a broad and wide canvas for them.  They clearly related closely to the challenge which represented a real opportunity.

“Two of the tasks were also to create a poster and an advert.”

Forty-two students in teams of six spent a morning planning the app and the afternoon making a presentation.

Said Mrs. Coward:  “The Form 3 potential entrepreneurs were captivated by the dynamic contest to produce a brand new app for Ryman.

“To quote the team from National Enterprise, the students’ presentations were the best they had seen, original and confidently presented.  All would have been winners in other contexts. 

The winning team will go on to represent the college in the national finals in early July.”

The National Enterprise Day was part of a week of Form 3 activities that also included a drama and dance workshop which was linked to a performance of ‘A Mid Summer Night’s Dream.’

The dance and drama workshop featured the Matthew Bourne Dance Company.

Another feature of the week was a Duke of Edinburgh series of walks in theShropshire countryside.  This was in preparation for when students take their bronze award.

The students were also tasked with writing a diary as a reflection of what they had learned during the activities week.

Added Mrs. Coward:  “Miss Taylor and I would like to thank all of Form 3 for their splendid efforts and impressive engagement with the events.  It has been fascinating to see different students step up to different tasks and to lead, support, and share skills and talents, always working collaboratively.”

Photographed were Elizaveta Afansyeva, Veronika Cherkasova, Rose Smith, Yehia Shawkat, Egor Ivanov and Thibault Leaqueux.

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