Tech-savvy students show their class

A TEAM from Priestley College won the Barclays Tech Innovation Challenge last week – the third time in four years Priestley has won the competition.

Jared Skelton, Patryk Stec, Alex Parr and Tom Beesley believe they impressed the judges because they were the only team who had developed a working prototype of their app.

“We were the only team who took it that far and I think that is what won us the competition,” said former Birchwood Community High pupil Jared.

All of the Priestley team study the IT Extended Diploma and used both what they had learned in lessons and their own time.

Barclays set them a challenge in November to come up with a solution to one of four questions. They chose to work on an idea for how to teach young people coding.

Their app – called Multi Code – teaches people basic skills of coding through games. They developed a logo that combined some code and the symbol for infinity to give their app a strong look.

“The great thing about taking part was that we got to practise a number of skills such as branding, coding and working in a team,” said Tom, a former pupil at St Peter and Paul Catholic College.

“We had to present our idea to senior managers from Barclays, which was nerve-racking, but also a great experience.”

Each member of the winning team received a £25 Amazon voucher and the college won a 3D printer.

Tutor Alasdair Reid said: “Just taking part is a great experience that will stand out on our students’ CVs, but the fact they impressed the judges enough to win is even better.

“From a college perspective we are delighted because the consistent success we are having in this competition against schools and colleges from the across the region shows we are preparing our students well for this kind of work.”