An Oyster Bay team has won the Junior Student Award in a state-wide industry competition.
The year 5 innovators placed first in their category at the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) NSW iAwards, the nation’s leading awards program for innovation in the digital economy, held on June 7.
The pupils from St Josephs Catholic Primary School Como created an app to help girls between the ages of five to 12, “return to happiness.”
Named ‘HappyNess,’ the app provides five ways to help girls overcome stress and anxiety.
These include laughter by linking to humorous videos, meditation, exercise, listening to happy music and positive affirmations.
The app is available on the Google Playstore and the girls are hoping to re-build it in iOS so it is also available on the App store.
The girls established their team in 2017 to compete in the ‘Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero’, where they were equal winners of NSW category.
Next they compete at a national level at Melbourne on August 30.
“I have always had a love for computers,” said team member Summer Batch, 10.
“I’ve now developed my skills in coding.
“I love working in our team and creating things together.”