Duntroon wins tech category


Three Duntroon School pupils have a dream.

Year 8 pupils Tonkla Suwanjirawat, Hayden Sanford and Holly Horn have won the Otago-Southland Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge title in the sites/blogs year 5-10 category.

Their team, “Duntroon Dreams”, was recognised for its blog that was “most well-formed and articulated their vision”.

In the challenge, small teams of pupils designed a solution for a problem in their community using technology.

The Duntroon group’s idea was an app called Help Net, designed for people with special needs to keep in contact and get support.

Duntroon teacher Donna Smith was thrilled with the outcome as it was the first project of its kind they had worked on, and the children were juggling the Outlook for Someday national film competition at the same time.

Time and technical issues meant they could not complete their app, but the children were able to develop their understanding of the design process while working collaboratively, she said.

Pupils needed to combine the key competencies of thinking, relating to others, using language, managing symbols, managing self, and participating and contributing to achieve this.

They also needed to demonstrate kotahitanga (working together, perseverance), manaakitanga (caring for others, looking after each other), whanaungatanga (building and maintaining relationships, honesty) and aroha (respect and caring).

Mrs Smith and the Duntroon Dreams team will travel to Wellington to compete in the national tech challenge at Te Papa on December 5.

The Duntroon Dream
Do you get sad and lonely and want someone to talk to that’s going through the same thing as you? You should get Help Net. Help Net will be an app designed for people with special needs to talk to each other. It’s an app you can download on a device. They can help you through stuff you have gone through or are going through. The app will have texting and can have many people on at once. Parents can use it to talk to other parents that understand and give tips.
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