Announcing the National and State Winners of the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition! #techgirls #STEM

Congratulations Tech Girls, Coaches, and Mentors! It’s been a fruitful 2017 for us at Tech Girls Movement. We’ve had 1000+ girls, 260+ teams and 250+ mentors participating this year, more than ever since we started the competition in 2014. For the first time this year, we also launched the competition in New Zealand!

Every team has produced a good and worthy app, and it was not an easy judging process. Kudos to all the girls for working hard over the last few months to come up with a meaningful app that helps your local community. Even though the competition has ended, we hope that this will mark the start of your journey to make use of technology for the good of others! We invite you to submit your app to the Technovation Challenge when it opens on the 4th of October. We are here to help you!

We are delighted to announce the National and State winners in the Primary and Secondary categories of the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. Well done teams!

NATIONAL WINNERS IN AUSTRALIA

PRIMARY

SUNFUN – Pacific Pines Primary School, Queensland. Designed to help kids understand the importance of sun safety in a fun manner. https://youtu.be/ujCYd4y3G3s

SECONDARY

SECONDARYV LINK – St Peter’s Girls School, South Australia. V Link is a mobile application connecting the skilled but underutilized retired population to volunteering jobs. https://youtu.be/uL0fW8sLf78

 

NATIONAL WINNERS IN NEW ZEALAND

PRIMARY

EVAC-U-BUDDY – Queen Margaret College, Wellington. Helping people who live in Tsunami unsafe zones or in any area at risk of danger find shelter during an evacuation. http://www.evac-u-buddy.com/

SECONDARY

DRINK MINDER – Hillcrest High School, Hamilton. Users can record and track the number of standard drinks they’ve consumed and see their progress as they go. https://youtu.be/btWtGI_g4UE

 

STATE WINNERS IN AUSTRALIA

PRIMARY

BULLY BUSTERS – Shelford Girls Grammar, Victoria. An anti-bullying app for primary school students who are victims, bystanders or bullies. https://youtu.be/-WLABW0Mhas

HAPPYNESS – St Joseph’s Como, New South Wales. Research has shown that Australian kids are the most stressed kids on Earth. A girls’ confidence can quickly disappear when things go wrong.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7hwcyKLEr0 - joint winners

TALK TO THE HAND – CC Home School, New South Wales. Learn AUSLAN (AUstralian Sign LANguage) through videos, pictures, quizzes, songs and games.  https://youtu.be/oZELW12G7r8 - joint winners

SUNFUN – Pacific Pines Primary School, Queensland. Designed to help kids understand the importance of sun safety in a fun manner. https://youtu.be/ujCYd4y3G3s

THE HEALTHY EMOJI – All Saints College, Western Australia. Solves the problem keeping healthy through playing a game. https://vimeo.com/227366973/f1702b401a

POKET.I – Black Forest Primary School, South Australia. Equipping children with financial sense by teaching them that money doesn’t grow on trees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wtlggrWuIU&feature=player_embedded

SECONDARY

STEPC02 – Virtual Team, across Victoria & New South Wales. Teaches children how to care for the environment and make responsible decisions. https://youtu.be/tb0zAypJyOs

ANIGRAM TRAKKA – Santa Sabina College Strathfield, New South Wales. Assisting researchers and conservationists to track koalas. https://youtu.be/jeLmWr9W5Qc

CALME – Brigidine College, Queensland. Assisting teenage students in relieving the effects of stress, depression, and low-esteem that may be associated with school, social media, family, peers and other pressures. https://youtu.be/1mFDqwHnFIc

LET’S TALK - Shenton College, Western Australia. Something needs to be done in order to prevent tragic incidents of teen suicide. Let's Talk aims to help the close inner circle community of a young teen who has a mental illness.  https://youtu.be/KVfjifLJdaI

SECONDARYV LINK – St Peter’s Girls School, South Australia. Our product, V Link is a mobile application connecting the skilled but underutilized retired population to volunteering jobs. https://youtu.be/uL0fW8sLf78

 

REGION WINNERS IN NEW ZEALAND

PRIMARY

EVAC-U-BUDDY – Queen Margaret College, Wellington, North Island. Helping people who live in Tsunami unsafe zones or in any area at risk of danger find shelter during an evacuation. http://www.evac-u-buddy.com/

THREE MAKAREWA BEES TEAM - BEEFRIEND PI - Makarewa School, Invercargill, South Island. Making it fun to learn about bees while increasing knowledge about the decreasing bee population. https://youtu.be/H9P9N9oP7OE

SECONDARY

DRINK MINDER – Hillcrest High School, Hamilton, North Island. Users can record and track the number of standard drinks they’ve consumed and see their progress as they go. https://youtu.be/btWtGI_g4UE

ON TRACK DUNEDIN - Columba College, Dunedin, South Island. Improves the health of Dunedin citizens by encouraging them to complete walking tracks around Dunedin. https://youtu.be/U1ulwaNTe8U

Prizes for the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero #techgirls @STEM @Magformers_Au

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Our Australian Primary and Secondary winning schools in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition will receive a Creative Set of Magformers!

Thank you to our partners Magformers Australia who were Winners of the prestigious Australian Toy Association’s Educational Toy of the Year Award 2016!

Set contains 90 pieces and an Idea Booklet! With 90 pieces, consisting of 13 different shapes, including spherical shapes, you can create anything your imagination allows! Valued at $241.90

https://www.magformers.com.au/product/creative-set/

If you order Magformers via our site, not only do you receive a 10% discount but we also receive 10% of the purchase price as a donation! Order now.

 

Blast off! Catch our #superheroes on the Kindergo App today! 2-7yo #techgirls #STEM @LikeAPhoton

Children’s Storytelling App, “Kindergo” Creates STE(a)M Content for Early Readers.

Hey, everyone, it’s Amy Parry, the Product Manager for Kindergo, doing a Kindergo TAKEOVER of Tech Girls Are Superheroes to deliver some very exciting news!

ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Tech Hero stories are now available for our youngest STE(a)M superstars!

Kindergo, a children’s storytelling app, has partnered with “Tech Girls Are Superheroes” to create 5 digital books for early readers to discover. We have taken some of our favourite Tech Girl Superheroes and imagined what they might have been like when they were just starting out on their STE(a)M journey. Children aged 2-7 will delight in these interactive digital books created especially for them.

The 5 books that are FREE for you to discover TODAY, by downloading Kindergo from the App Store, are :

*(only currently available on 3rd Generation iPad or above)

I Want To Be...

Learn about what our Tech Heroes want to be when they grow up!

Scriptix Can Draw That

Scriptix beats boredom by drawing dazzling designs on her tablet. Things get super cool when Scriptix discovers she has the power to make her designs real!

Dragonfly and the Cool Cubby House

Dragonfly has an amazing idea to create something cool out of discarded items. She uses her surprise super powers to build something amazing.

Jewella’s Ant Adventure

Jewella and her brother Josh are having a picnic when they get invaded...by ants! Jewella has to use her superpower to learn more about ants and why they are so important.

Violet Ninja and the Time Hacking Robot

Violet Ninja is a programming genius, but doesn’t like doing history homework...Her Robot, Jimmy tries to help, by getting her out of homework, but is Violet Ninja really a cheat?

Kindergo have designed the Tech Hero books so that even our youngest Tech Heroes can be inspired by our Tech Girls’ adventures. Kindergo delivers Tech Hero content on a beautifully designed STE(a)M themed island, with a cute, customisable Avatar to help guide their reading experience. Once a book has been discovered, the reader will be able to listen to the story and read along, or try to read the story themselves with a unique “tap-and-hear” feature. This function will help adventurous readers feel empowered to read stories that interest them but may be above their reading skill level.

We are so excited about the opportunity to bring amazing STE(a)M stories to our youngest readers! I can’t wait to hear what you all think. Follow Kindergo Kids on Facebook and Instagram and tell us! 

 

 

 

 

 

Obelisk System - Coding and Robotics Platform #iSTEM #techgirls #coding #NSW #STEM @StarLABAU

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Come along to our QUT showcase this Sunday to meet Clinton from Obelisk Systems and his fabulous robots!

Clinton and his team make a coding and robotics platform that lets teachers draw on the knowledge and experience they have gained through study and experience as engineers. StarLAB is their all in one STEM coding and robotics platform that allows teachers of any technical skill level teach students how to use code to interact with the real world and learn some physics and maths along the way.

Every time Clinton mentions that he love maths, he usually gets some pretty odd looks from the people around him. Sometimes they will even tell him with pride that they “did not have the right brain for maths’ or “you don’t need math, when would I ever solve for X?”. The truth is that he was once one of those people. It was not until he started to study Engineering that he began to see the beauty of mathematics and how useful it is in his everyday life. It is a very rare day when he's not scribbling some equation down to find some unknown value.

He says he wasted a lot of his life thinking he hated maths because he was never given the context, and this is why he now loves what they are doing at Obelisk Systems so much. They work together with the Me Program in the regional NSW to make resources that not only give students, but also teachers, a fun way to learn coding and make cool robots but also gives them the STEM skills in a context that is fun and useful.

The process for making this platform, like any good systems in computer engineering, by making smaller parts that work together to an experience that is fun, educational, and will innovate your own solutions.

The first “Block” in the StarLAB system is the sensor platform, this small piece of hardware has a lot of different ways in which it can see the world. We have taken the hard work out of wiring up these sensors so now all you need to do is write a single line of Python or drag a scratch block in and you can be getting real data from one of the sensors or camera and using it in your code.

The next part of our program is the online learning platform, for this, they needed to call in some help. They are very good engineers, but they knew very little about teaching. So they called in our TGM partner Dr Scott Sleap in the Me Program, to help develop a program that went beyond just code, but that will teach you physics and maths as well. To make these lessons even better they recorded videos that will take you through all the science and for the teachers we have made a lesson plan that maps the iSTEM curriculum outcomes (and the National Digital Technologies Curriculum).

Next is teacher training. The hardest part of any new thing is taking the first step so they now offer training so you can have them come and help you take that first step. They will show you how to setup your StarLAB, get started with coding in scratch and python, using StarLAB as a data logger, and help you come up with ways that you can integrate StarLAB and coding into may cross curricular activities.

Like any other good system, theirs is modular and designed to grow and be expanded over time to fit the what is needed. They like to hear from our teachers, and they love to make new additions that improve their experience of the StarLAB program. If you are interested in becoming one of their teachers or want to tell them how you think they could make our platform better, you can contact them through discover@starlab.education

Go #NZ #techgirls! $1500 prize money for winners of SNTGS! @sociograms #STEM #innovation

We are super excited to be working with the amazing Diana Jones has donated $1000 for the NZ secondary winners and $500 for NZ primary winners for winning the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition! So very cool!

This year is our first in New Zealand and we were blown away with the entries! We recently announced the finalists and the winning teams from New Zealand will be announced at our SOLD OUT Brisbane Showcase on Sunday the 3rd of September. 

Stay tuned for details of our New Zealand showcase/s!

Get a copy of Diana's fantastic leadership book here.

Tech Girlz Mini Conference #STEM #techgirls @AshgroveSS @JWatterston Julie Kilner @jkliveshere

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Guest blog post by Julie Kilner

Back in July, the Tech Girls Movement had the privilege of taking part in the Tech Girlz mini conference at Ashgrove State School. It was a really fantastic event.

The event was opened by the Director General of Education, Dr. Jim Watterston who made a very well received opening speech, followed by a keynote by Sharon Allen who is a chemical engineer with Origin Energy. Sharon gave some really valuable insight around her journey into a STEM career.

After the introductions, the girls then broke into a series of 8 interactive workshops. There was:

  • macro lens photography using iPads

  • garage band music creation

  • programming Bee Bots

  • programming Spheros with iPads

  • paper circuit creation

  • developing a paper prototype of an app

  • green screen video production

  • stop frame animation.

The teachers at Ashgrove did a superb job supporting the event and running the workshop sessions, and the larger Ashgrove State School community was so incredibly engaged. The parents and teachers so clearly want to be at the cutting edge and want to make sure their kids are supported to be workers of the future.

The Principal of the school arranged the event as a "one off", but the school response was so overwhelming, Mrs. Bond is planning on holding another one in Term 4. The Tech Girls Movement look forward to supporting the next session at Ashgrove!!!

I am really pleased that I went and could represent the Tech Girls Movement. Ashgrove SS loved having a representative there.

Announcing the 1st of our Highly Commended Awards in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #ACT #TAS #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the first of our Highly Commended Awards in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

UNCALMING CATS - St Benedict's Primary School, Australian Capital Territory https://youtu.be/wSXsAEP3pm4

Our Calming App offers support to children aged 8-10 years by providing calming activities that are engaging but not demanding or competitive. The purpose of the activities is to relax the user and distract them from the cause of their upset.

CYBYE - The Friends' School, Tasmania https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS8oE3XL4Nc&feature=youtu.be

An app that helps kids learn about cyber bullying.

Food for You - St Michael's Collegiate, Tasmania https://youtu.be/aiXSesrhNvM

We decided to do this by using technology to enable restaurants and cafes, hotels, convention centres, sports stadiums and schools to donate their excess food to charities serving the hungry such as FoodBank, Meals On Wheels and FoodWise

 

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Announcing the #SA Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the South Australian Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

SECONDARY

V LINK - St Peter's Girls School - Our product, V Link is a mobile application connecting the skilled but underutilised retired population to volunteering jobs. https://youtu.be/uL0fW8sLf78

Leaping Turtles - St Peter's Girls School - Our app 'Leaping Turtles' is tailored to help individuals aged 18 and above who are experiencing domestic violence in their lives and provide them with resources to take a step towards empowerment. https://youtu.be/FH6DlFILdO4

Save the Reef - St Peter's Girls' School, South Australia  - Save the Reef targets the issue of pollution in our seas in an entertaining, informative game. https://youtu.be/Qsobsmqg9KQ

 

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PRIMARY

Identify Me - Black Forest Primary School  http://searchforthenexttechgirlsuperhero.org/identify-me - Identify Me has a function in which you take a photo of an animal and then it identifies it.

Poket.i - Black Forest Primary School - Poket.i provides financial sense for children by teaching them that money doesn't grow on trees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wtlggrWuIU&feature=player_embedded

Announcing the #NZ Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the New Zealand Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

This is our first year operating in NZ and we had 50 + teams register, and the quality of the submissions rivals the Australians!

NZ SOUTH ISLAND PRIMARY

CURE 4 BOREDOM - Tai Tapu School, Christchurch -  NZ C4B is designed to get kids off technology and motivate them to do fun ‘off-device’ activities. https://youtu.be/ib-9cfEwVN4

G.I.R.L.S - Hatch Education, Dunedin - It is awesome being a girl but it can also be tough so we have created a portal to a world of help and advice. Our app is a one-stop shop. https://youtu.be/EOoqRyrXFAA

THREE MAKAREWA BEES TEAM - BEEFRIEND PI - Makarewa School, Invercargill - The app provides educational information about bees.  We want to make it fun while learning and increase the knowledge about the decreasing bee population. https://youtu.be/H9P9N9oP7OE

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NZ NORTH ISLAND PRIMARY

LEND A HAND - Frankley School, New Plymouth - Our app is all about caring for other people and helping them to a great life. So we are helping the homeless/needy people that don’t have the basics. https://youtu.be/G-uypfXurW4

EVAC-U-BUDDY - Queen Margaret College, Wellington - Evac-U-Buddy is an app that helps people find shelter during an evacuation. It is aimed at helping people who live in Tsunami unsafe zones or in any area at risk of danger. http://www.evac-u-buddy.com/

LESS STRESS - Frankley School, New Plymouth - Less Stress is an app to help resolve stress and anxiety problems focused on ages 7-12. https://youtu.be/TspeKEHapRk

SNAP TRAP - CodeCamp, Wellington - At Snap Trap we are making an App to help eradicate pests that kill native animals. The App works with manual traps to one day create a network of people across the community. https://youtu.be/P5hFM7kywt0'

NZ SOUTH ISLAND SECONDARY

AWHINA - Breens Intermediate School, Christchurch - Awhina is an app where students who have been bullied or are being bullied. https://youtu.be/DFzBDHuBdNs

On Track Dunedin - Columba College, Dunedin - Our app focuses on improving the health of Dunedin citizens by encouraging them to complete walking tracks around Dunedin. https://youtu.be/U1ulwaNTe8U

Enviro-snap - Villa Maria College, Christchurch - Enviro-Snaps goal is to encourage school children to pick up litter around their school and community. https://vimeo.com/227353138

EAT FRESH - St Hilda's Collegiate School, Dunedin - Our app makes cooking nutritious and healthy food, fun, easy and stress-free, even on a budget. https://youtu.be/0bd5whSxbAg

NZ NORTH ISLAND SECONDARY

WASTE NOTE - Sacred Heart College, Wellington - We have made an app that provides consumers with creative ways in which they can recycle their chosen materials. https://youtu.be/vAf0ULh1oLw

Rainbow Unicorns Team - Chillax - Samuel Marsden Collegiate School, Wellington - Chillax is an app that helps people relax by allowing them to chose what they want to see, hear, or watch. https://youtu.be/H_f9TQSbghA

COPE APP - Sacred Heart College, Wellington - Cope, is an app created to relieve stress/anxiety. https://youtu.be/RzxuZW9MQiE

DRINK MINDER - Hillcrest Girls School, Hamilton - With Drink Minder, users can record and track the number of standard drinks they’ve consumed and can see their progress as they go. https://youtu.be/btWtGI_g4UE

ARCTIC - Kapiti College, Paraparaumu - Our app, Arctic, is an app designed to get people motivated, talk and learn in order to battle mental health issues. https://youtu.be/ZC24LFJjdZs

See you at our Wellington showcase at Xero - details available soon!

Announcing the #Qld Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the Queensland State Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

PRIMARY

SMILE NATION - Ormiston College - Smiles are the same in every language, so use your smile to change the world.Do you want to help make the world a happier place?  Learn how with Smile Nation, the App that will get you, your friends and family smiling. https://youtu.be/f4cP0wGGR3U

SUNFUN - Pacific Pines Primary School - SunFun is designed to help kids understand the importance of sun safety in a fun manner. https://youtu.be/ujCYd4y3G3s

HEALTHIPAWS - St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School - The HealthiPaws App is a national app that connects local volunteer dog owners to families of sick children to improve mental health for children in hospital – helping them to get better. https://youtu.be/3zcyHCHaVuY

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SECONDARY

CALME - Brigidine College - The app assists teenage students in relieving the effects of stress, depression, and low-esteem that may be associated with school, social media, family, peers and other pressures. https://youtu.be/1mFDqwHnFIc

HELPA - St Aidan's Anglican Girls School - Helpa is a social enterprise, connecting charitable homeowners to the homeless population. Our app allows the homeless to work in partnership with the community so stereotypes are broken and friendships built. https://youtu.be/LYDhjnlcnU4

REVIBE - Somerset College - Our company, Blue Screen, has created an app with the purpose to assist people in dealing with mental health issues, and is targeted towards youth. https://youtu.be/2vlKXbVeLEU

See you at the Showcase at QUT this Sunday! Tickets now sold out - all 450 of them!

Come and meet Minister Enoch and be the first to hear the National Winners!

Announcing the #NSW Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the New South Wales State Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

PRIMARY

HappyNess - St Joseph's Como - Research has shown that Australian kids are the most stressed kids on Earth. A girls’ confidence can quickly disappear when things go wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7hwcyKLEr0

Produce Lane - Dunoon Public School - We designed our App to connect people to local and fresh food. This is good for people and good for the environment. https://youtu.be/Obk_1pCGRho

Talk to the Hand - CC Home School - Our app provides a fun, easy way to learn AUSLAN (AUstralian Sign LANguage) through videos, pictures, quizzes, songs and games. https://youtu.be/oZELW12G7r8

Outshine the Sun - Our Lady of the Nativity Primary Lawson - Outshine the Sun encourages kids to think about their actions and their impact on global warming, taking them on an educational and fun journey. https://youtu.be/SPH-1Pur5u8

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Secondary

Anigram Trakka  - Santa Sabina College Strathfield - This app is designed to assist researchers and conservationists to track koalas https://youtu.be/jeLmWr9W5Qc

Dyslexic Adventures - Lucas Heights Community School - Android app for dyslexia. Aimed at children ages 5-8 with difficulty identifying words. The app is a game that helps children with dyslexia. https://youtu.be/JqLPqBCorWU

Edulexic - Maitland High School - In Australia, approximately 10 percent of people have dyslexia. Our app has scientifically proven material. https://youtu.be/cpOk5BplO4Y

Harlou - Maitland Grossmann High School - Harlou is a social networking app made by students, for students! https://youtu.be/150RDByGCG4

Announcing the #WA Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the Western Australian Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES, AND MENTORS!

PRIMARY

MATHS MISSION: SECRET SPY - All Saints College - This app provides mathematics education on topics such as time and measurement. https://youtu.be/bBKLUyiBVWk

THE HEALTHY EMOJI - All Saints College - This app is solving the problem keeping healthy through playing a game. https://vimeo.com/227366973/f1702b401a

CHILL YOUR MIND - All Saints College - This app helps people achieve goals, helping them feel better and bringing them to realise the world of mindfulness around them

https://vimeo.com/227219543/ba826d578e

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Secondary

THE HEALTH GURU - St Mary's Anglican Girls' School - The Health Guru is an app designed to keep your health levels safe and correct. From what products to use with a major sunburn, to a daily plan regarding your sore back pains, this app will guide you on the road to recovery. https://youtu.be/D_IzdcESZeQ

FOODLINK - ALPCA TEAM - Iona Presentation College - FoodLink is an application that links businesses and charities to reduce food wastage and help the needy. https://youtu.be/hoNZCt1OX_0

LET’S TALK - Shenton College - App is designed around helping the close inner circle community of a young teen who has a mental illness. Let’s Talk firmly believes something needs to be done in order to prevent tragic incidents of teen suicide. https://youtu.be/KVfjifLJdaI

Announcing the #VIC Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

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Announcing the Victorian Finalists in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

CONGRATULATIONS TECH GIRLS, COACHES AND MENTORS!

PRIMARY

PIXEL PET  - St John Bosco’s Primary - Our app is a virtual pet game which helps calm the body and mind. https://youtu.be/CjsO895ARuM

CHARITY CHIPMUNKS - Bialik College - Our app’s purpose is to give children a chance to give back to the community through their schools. https://youtu.be/3ljDlqWzxaA

BULLY BUSTERS - Shelford Girls Grammar - 'Bully Busters’ is an anti-bullying app for primary school students who are victims, bystanders or bullies.  https://youtu.be/-WLABW0Mhas

EQUALITY HERO - Kardinia International College - Equality Hero provides a way for youth to play a game while learning about equality. https://youtu.be/dd98piOUxYc

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SECONDARY

HEALTH EATING - St Aloysius College - Our app is a healthy eating app, called Healthy Minds. https://youtu.be/Vdiujg4o5zc

UQUIZ - Phoenix P-12 Community College - UQuiz is an app designed to target people between the end of high school and university, and anyone else seeking further education who is unsure of what courses to take. https://youtu.be/xvnRISrX6pE

COURSE CORRECTOR - Phoenix P-12 Community College - Course Corrector is an app for high school students looking for a career to pursue in the future. It is aimed to help high school students find a course they would like to do. https://youtu.be/MHvJYQtAXaU

STEPC02 - Virtual Team -  across Victoria & New South Wales - Provides both educational and entertainment options that teach children how to look after the environment and make good decisions that take into account pollution that can be caused by their actions. https://youtu.be/tb0zAypJyOs

#poverty #waste #domesticviolence #suicideprevention #mentalhealth App entries #techgirls #STEM @DrMel_T

Poverty

Waste

Domestic Violence

Relaxation

Suicide Prevention

Mental Health

Personal Injuries

Obesity

These are just some of the topics covered in the entries in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition! This year, we aligned our program with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We are almost finished judging, and we are so impressed with the high level of quality in the entries! Our judges agree :)

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Guest blog post by our Pacific Pines #techgirls! Must read! #STEM #qld #sunsafety #innovation @leeanneenoch @CancerCouncilOz

Dear Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero 2017 Teams,

Congratulations on finishing your app! What a big achievement we have all accomplished. We have all learnt so many new skills and participating in the Tech Girls project has definitely inspired us to pursue our dream of careers in STEM.

We are the Pacific Pines Tech girls and our team consists of our amazing coaches Natalie Harris, Nadia Barratt and Kara Griggs who have encouraged us right through the whole competition. We also have our marvelous mentor Megan Reed who has guided our team to the finish line. We are Milla Mccashney, Courtney Hall, Isabelle Matthews, Emi Reed and Jasmine Sutton. We have created an app called SunFun. The purpose of the SunFun app is to educate children aged 10-14 about sun safety before their teenage years. We blended gamification techniques with educational facts throughout the app to make learning about sun safety a fun and engaging experience for users.

On the 16th of August, we held a showcase event at our school where we officially launched the SunFun app. This was our first chance to show off all our hard work so you can imagine how nervous but mostly excited we were! We invited just over 30 people which consisted of all of our families, coaches, mentor, our school administration, representatives from Cancer Council Queensland, and some of our very supportive teachers.

We each presented different aspects of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero project. We started with a warm welcome to all of our guests and then we showcased our pitch video which everyone loved! We explained our journey through the competition, the research and work involved in completing the business plan, our industry partnership with Cancer Council Queensland, and the challenge of coding our app. To conclude our presentation we asked for any questions or comments and were bombarded with congratulations and questions about our app and our goals for the future. We answered all of these questions to the best of our ability and then spent some time mingling with our guests and enjoying light refreshments (this was a huge part of our journey – snacks are VERY important to our team! And braids… our mums are sick of braiding, haha!)

Our audience was so proud of what our team has accomplished. The launch afternoon was very special to us as all, and having our close companions there to witness our first ever showcase for our SunFun app meant so much to us. We are really proud of all of our hard work.  We hope that all of the other teams get to experience the same pride and excitement when sharing their apps - whether it be at a small event at your school or at the state showcase events.

Our team is also very excited to announce that we have been awarded a $1340 grant from IBM thanks to our mentor Megan’s volunteering efforts – how cool is that?! We still have to decide what we are going to use the grant for but we are thinking something along the lines of improving shade at our school! We were also lucky to be interviewed by the Gold Coast Bulletin and are eagerly awaiting our article in the paper! This competition has been so exciting from start to end.

So that’s a bit about our journey - we are so excited to hear about yours and see all the work you guys have done on the 3rd of September at the Brisbane Showcase. Good luck to all of the teams - we are sure you have created some amazing apps that will change the world. We sure hope our SunFun app is the start of a state wide (or maybe national or even GLOBAL) change for kids in sun safety.

From the Pacific Pines Tech Girls

Courtney, Emi, Isabelle, Jasmine & Milla

Update on the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition #techgirls #STEM

We are super excited to update you on the

2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition!

We had more than 1000 girls participate this year in 2017. This is double the participants we had in 2016 and a 400% increase from 2015.

Entries were received from 143 teams by the deadline, showing the competition isn't easy!  Entries stemmed from all States and ACT in Australia, and both the North and South Island of New Zealand, for the first time ever!

We had more than 250 mentors who donated more than 6000 hours of their time! And 230 coaches who were amazing!

For those who didn't quite submit, we welcome you back next year!

 

We are now finalising the judging and we will announce the state/region finalists next week. We will announce the national winners (Australia and New Zealand) on the 3rd of September at QUT.

We hope you have registered to attend a showcase event, or are creating your own (let us know!).

We are so very proud of our tech girls and grateful to our coaches and mentors. Thank you for your wonderful support.

Have you signed up as an official member of the Tech Girls Movement yet? Join now!

Register now for our #techgirls #STEM 2017 competition showcases! @xero @ecu @accenture @QUT

Register now for our 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Showcases in 6 locations this year!

Tickets are selling very fast with some events almost sold out.

Register now for our free events!

Melbourne 27th August @ Xero

Perth 27th August @ Edith Cowan University

Sydney 2nd September @ Accenture

Brisbane 3rd September @ QUT

Wellington TBA, Adelaide TBA...and possibly more! Stay tuned!

Thanks to the Queensland Government for funding our national showcase in Brisbane! We are super excited that Minister Enoch, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation will be back for the third year in a row!

We invite all Tech Girls who have participated in the competition in 2017 to come along to a showcase event and display their app. We also invite parents, teachers and others from their local tech industry and community, come in to talk to you about your app and what you have created.

This is a great opportunity to share your app with others and to meet other Tech Girls who have come through the Tech Girls program, we will have workshops and other hands on activities at the events, catering and of course, you get your very own Superhero cape bag full of goodies.

We would love to run a showcase event in every city if we could but sadly we don't have the funding to do that, so if you can't make it to our planned showcase events, we encourage you to organise your own in your locate community and invite people to find out more about your app, we are here to support you in any way we can in doing that. 

We cannot wait to meet you and see our team's Apps!

Australian #techgirls head to @Technovation to pitch at @Google HQ #SiliconValley #USA #STEM #superheroes

In just under three weeks, the Tech Girls Movement will take three teams of Australian school girls to be part the Global Technovation Challenge. on this adventure, they will pitch the Apps that they built in the 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition and over the summer holidays at Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley.

We are so very proud of our teams of girls who have been invited to share their creations with an international audience and be global Ambassadors for Australia.

Meet our three teams

Reading Republic

Our Sydney-based Primary School team's App Reading Republic encourages kids to read in a child-friendly environment where they can read and write book reviews. It’s an Android app and website that gets kids to review books, take quizzes about the books they’ve read and collect coins that unlock mini-games. The reviews allow kids to get a better understanding of what the book is about and the level of reading difficulty. Reviews can be read, listened to, or even watched, catering for all levels of students.

Reading Republic were featured on ABC TV’s Good Game in 2016  and they were also featured in The Project TV episode this month. You can download their app from the google play store here.

Vocabulary Voyagers

A creation of a Perth-based Secondary School team, Vocabulary Voyagers is a literacy app targeted at primary school students to improve their literacy reading skills in a fun, digital environment. It offers a range of preset spelling lists based on the Australian national curriculum and NAPLAN tests. The app also includes more challenging lists in order to expand children’s vocabulary. Not only does Vocabulary Voyagers improve children’s spelling and vocabulary, but it also features games directed at improving reading comprehension, with an original story. With enjoyable mini games and quirky pirates, the app helps children build a foundation to aid in literacy at a secondary level. 

In 2016 the Vocabulary Voyagers entered Technovation and made it in the top 1% of entries around the world ahead of thousands of teams. Their App has already had 3500 downloads from the Google play store. Get your copy here.


Speechability 


This Brisbane-based Secondary School team worked hard over the summer holidays to build an App to help people with autism find employment. Speechability is a mobile application where people with autism are able to easily locate a variety of nearby jobs that are suitable to their skill and ability level. The jobs that are provided are related to users' interests and hobbies, giving people an opportunity to work in a part time job they will love. Speechability is a not-for-profit organisation and the majority of their profits are going to Autism Queensland to support schooling for autistic children.

We couldn't be more thrilled to work with Technology One and Inspiring Australia to take these teams to the USA for the Technovation Challenge. We will be sharing lots of our adventure with all of you, which starts on the 5th of August, so stay tuned on our social media!

A great STAQ event in #gladstone @QLDSTEM #techgirls #QLD @advanceqld #STEM #innovation

Last week we were super excited to be presenting as part of the Queensland STEM Education Network at their Science Teachers Association of Queensland Conference, alongside the Australia of the year EmeritusProfessor Alan Mackay-Sim.

Emeritus Professor Mackay-Sim, kicked off the day's activities, consisting of a variety of workshops on topics such as Tech Girls are Superheroes, and other issues important to teachers in the digital age.

Our trip to regional Queensland hanging out CQU was heaps of fun, and we connected with many of our supporters who have teams in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition,


Emiritus Professor Mackay-Sim, will kick off the day's activities, which consists of a variety of workshops on topics such as Tech Girls are Superheros, and other issues important to teachers.
We are also excited to go regional to Gladstone, and hang out at CQU https://www.cqu.edu.au/ and connect with many of our supporters who have teams in the 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition, there are still spaces available so register now http://www.staq.qld.edu.au/pd-events/events-calendar#id=129&wid=301&cid=1013  See you there!