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Competitions Beckon for United Learning’s Creative Minds

#UnitedApp and #UnitedIDEAS roadshows launch across the Group for the new academic year

Next week, United Learning schools across the country will be taking part in the first roadshow events of #UnitedApp2018, as the ever-popular competition launches for its fourth year. At the same time, primary pupils will be taking part in similar events for #UnitedIDEAS2018, following the success of its pilot in 2016/17. 

As part of #UnitedApp competition, Year 9 students across the Group will be tasked with designing an innovative, educational app idea that could have a real impact on school life. Teams from over 30 schools nationally will then compete to develop the most exciting idea – with the winning team given the chance to make theirs a reality for the App Store.

The roadshows, led by competition partner 7billionideas, kick off at Lincoln Minster School and Surbiton High School on Monday 25th September. They will then travel across the country, finishing up at The Regis School and Midhurst Rother College on the 9th and 10th October. After their roadshow, schools will have until mid-November to put together an entry which sets out their proposed app idea and an initial design.

Over previous years, schools have come up with an impressive and diverse array of ideas. These included past winners from Greenacre School, with their ‘Financial Helper’ app, and Nova Hreod Academy, with an app designed to help parents support their children with homework. The most recent winners, a team from Richard Rose Morton Academy in Carlisle, will launch their app – STOP – in October to help students recognise and prevent cyberbullying.

Dominic Norrish, Director of Technology at United Learning, said:

“The #UnitedApp competition is much more than a competition to create an app.  It seeks to cultivate in students key skills such as team work, leadership, working through and solving problems, public speaking and ideas generation.  Through the various tasks involved in this competition, there should be something that appeals to every student whether or not they are technically minded.  Previous winners of this competition have gone on to successfully build their apps and we have the same expectations of this year’s entrants.”

As part of #UnitedIDEAS, teams of primary pupils across United Learning will also be able to work together to develop and refine their – potentially – world-changing ideas over the course of the competition. As they travel around the country, the 7billionideas team will be taking their #UnitedIDEAS roadshow events to over 20 different primary schools to introduce the competition to pupils. 

Darran Lee, Primary Director at United Learning, said:

“This year’s #UnitedIDEAS competition builds on the success of our first competition last year which saw our primary pupils come up with some brilliant and innovative world-changing ideas.  This competition challenges pupils to think creatively, encourages them to test boundaries and gives them an opportunity to do something they do not get to do ordinarily in the classroom.

“I really hope that all of our schools will throw themselves into this opportunity and fully support pupils as they come up with some ground-breaking ideas.  The sky really is the limit in this competition and I can’t wait to see what our budding young entrepreneurs think up this year.”

David Harkin, CEO of 7billionideas, said:

"7billionideas is proud to partner with United Learning for the fourth year in a row and deliver two exciting entrepreneurial competitions for their students. Over the last three years, we've had over 1,000 teams participate in #UnitedApp, which has equated to approximately 4,000 students so far. We can now proudly boast three superb educational apps in the App Store.

“#UnitedIDEAS was also a huge success last year with over 20 primary schools taking part and sharing their ideas that could change the world. We can't wait to announce the launch date of the children's book that has been created based on the winning idea from last year. This year’s competitions have evolved and we can't wait to get started. It's time to think big and dream big students of United Learning." 

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