Ever wondered what is required in making an app? A number of students from Burnsview, Sands, North Delta and Delview Secondary Schools were intrigued enough by this question that they participated in the Game of Apps showcase and championships this year.
Game of Apps is a 24-week program during which participants learn about app design and development. The program makes use of industry professionals in the areas of design and software development as mentors who coach students through the process. The first 12 weeks focused on developing skills while, in the final 12 weeks, participants worked in teams to design and develop an app. The twenty four sessions were conducted virtually with students using platforms such as Slack and Zoom to facilitate their learning.
On Sunday, May 24, two Delta teams participated in the regional finals. Team Griffins, made up of students from Burnsview (Daniil Makarenko, Jasneer Sidhu, Pranjal Joshi, Anureet Bal) and North Delta (Simrit Nijjar), and Team Sandsview made up of students from Sands (Carolyn Richards, Ishan Vashishat) and Delview (Diane Valencia).
- Team Griffins developed My Fridge, an app intended to reduce food waste by providing a method to digitally organize and sort the food consumers have in their fridge. This app includes features that includes reminders as to when a particular food might spoil.
- Team Sandsview developed Vapeless, an app intended to help teens control their addiction to vaping. The team dug in to research and created surveys for the targeted audience to develop this well thought out app. The app includes several features including motivational tools (rewards), goal setting and alternatives to vaping.
Each team represented themselves very well in the regional finals, pitching their apps in a well developed, thoughtful and entertaining presentation. View their presentations here:
- Team Griffins: https://s03finals.gameofapps.org/teams/regionals2/Griffins
- Team Sandsview: https://s03finals.gameofapps.org/teams/regionals2/Sandsview
Each team received special recognition as Daniil Makarenko from Burnsview was recognized for his outstanding leadership and awarded the Outstanding Leadership award. Receiving the most online votes was Team Sandsview.
As a result of receiving the most votes, Team Sandsview was awarded the “Golden Ticket”, automatically advancing them to the Provincial Finals on Saturday, May 30.
Congratulations to all the participants and their amazing accomplishments!
June 1 Update:
Over the weekend, Team Sandsview took part in the Game of Apps Provincial Championships and placed first in the People’s Choice Category garnering 47% of viewer votes. What a great accomplishment! Congratulations and well done Team Sandsview!