Students are the Teachers at Mobile App Competition
This coding project cultivated critical thinking in science, technology, engineering and math
May 15, 2018
For Mara Vasile, a seventh grade student in Bucharest, Romania, showing off her “techie” skills was not just fun, but rewarding, too.Mara was one of 70 students from 10 schools in grades 5 through 8 who competed in Junior Achievement Romania's iTech Skills and Challenge, sponsored by Honeywell Hometown Solutions. The program's aim was to bring digital competencies development to students using Junior Achievement's “learning by doing” teaching method, enhanced with a new educational initiative of code writing.
Mara Vasile, 7th grade student at National College I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest, describes her ‚ÄòHive - Be Yourself' mobile app proposal“It was a great experience for me as I had the opportunity to be creative, learn new technology and make new friends,” said Mara. “Our mentor helped us get our plan organized and make it happen. I am so proud that our ‚ÄòHive - Be Yourself' app proposal was selected the winner!”Honeywell mentors helped identify and develop the best mobile applications that could help teachers learn about the passions and interests of students. Participants were grouped into 12 mixed teams (schools and ages) to encourage teamwork, identify their strengths, and select roles to generate the best ideas. The objectives were to stimulate students' logical thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship, technological knowledge development and digital skills.A jury selected the winners based on originality, the extent to which the application responds to a real and current need in the market, technical feasibility, and financial viability.“I was very impressed with the young students,” said Mihai Brana, General Manager, Honeywell Romania. “The iTech Skills project offers a practical benefit, which helps inspire students to visualize and pursue careers in STEM.”The program follows the national curriculum for IT for secondary schools approved by the Romanian Ministry of Education.