By Elizabeth Lee
THREE students from the Bagenalstown Presentation Hall have just won the top prize in a national transition years competition that has been teaching students how to solve social problems through critical thinking.
The Big Idea helps Irish teenagers find innovative ways to solve five major social problems in Ireland, by teaching the process of creativity, critical thinking and solving complex problems.
The Team Tech Trio from Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown, created an innovative interactive app for kids and teens to improve their fitness.
Team members Stanislav Ustinoov, Adam Collins, and Adam Zielinskil designed the interactive, competitive app that encourages teens to get in shape. The team raised € 1,000 in cash to share, as well as large trophies and laptops, which were courtesy of IT Carlow.
A second team from the school, Covid Couture, won a category award. That team created a desirable PPE for teens. The final product was an ingenious, comfortable, breathable and elegant face mask and a bracelet that warns the user if he is more than two meters from another person. You can also scan a building for contact tracking purposes.
Nearly 500 students took part in the first year of the program, presenting 67 projects on the topics of the Irish housing crisis, the fight against pandemics, the aging of the population, the fight against racism and health management. and adolescent well-being.
The Big Idea is an idea of Leighlinbridge resident, social entrepreneur and industrial design expert Kim Mackenzie Doyle.
“Creativity can be taught, in our first year we have shown it. One hundred percent of the students involved have learned new skills much sought after by industry and society. The program has developed critical thinking and problem solving in students, skills that they can use in higher education and beyond, ”said Kim.