In the early hours of Friday morning on the 30th of September, two of the Vocabulary Voyagers app inventors (Delaney & Kira) and their teacher, Michelle Fitzpatrick, were interviewed by James Lush on radio 720 ABC Perth.
The Tech Girl Superheroes are the National Winners of the 2016 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, with their app which is not only useful in targeting the areas of spelling, grammar, vocabulary and reading, but it’s also lots of fun! Read about the other winners here.
The app creators looked into NAPLAN results and discovered that the government is putting in a lot of money into trying to increase NAPLAN results but results are still plateauing, and they decided to choose a different way of presenting it to kids, that is, through gamification.
The Tech Girl Team, who represent Western Australia as the Secondary State Finalists, also spoke about skills they have gained, such as coding, creating a business plan, improving their networking & public speaking skills.
These experiences have built their confidence, and opened a lot of career paths for them that they weren’t initially expecting.
Their teacher Michelle, spoke about how coding is now available in every single year group (from Junior all the way up to Year 10), as well as keeping the elective so that girls’ can take their IT further than just compulsory IT. Vocabulary Voyagers are one of 12 teams that competed from WA, and since their WA Finalist win in 2015 they have been role models for young students at St. Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School.
In August 2017, Vocabulary Voyagers will represent Australia as Tech Girls Movement Ambassadors in all the way to San Francisco to pitch their business plan and app at the global Technovation Challenge! Thanks to Technology One for supporting us in this trip!