Year 4 student, Drew Carmichael has returned to School today as the national Young ICT Explorers champion in the Year 3 and 4 age category. Drew and two fellow students from The Cathedral School attended the Young ICT Explorers national final in Sydney over the weekend after placing the top of their category in the regional final in Townsville during September.
At the final, 41 projects from schools across the nation were presented across the different age levels and projects were judged on the level of difficulty, creativity and innovation, quality and completeness.
Drew’s project titled “My Dog” was a Lego robotic dog that he designed and constructed and was programed to respond to react to different colour cards which reflected different emotions in a children’s picture story book that Drew also authored.
Junior School eLearning Coordinator Mr Ben Dallimore said he was very proud of the three students who represented Cathedral at the national finals.
“They all imagined an idea, brought it to fruition, and then had to share their project with others to be judged. It was daunting for them, but so valuable, and they have made our school so proud with how they presented themselves.”
Two of the five winning age categories at the national final were from North Queensland with Whitsunday Anglican School taking out the Year 8 and 9 category.
“This proves that the quality of students’ work here in North Queensland is amongst the best in Australia” added Mr Dallimore.
Young ICT Explorers is non-profit competition, which has been created to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects.