BTYSE: After-school coding club helps inspire at Coláiste Nano Nagle

IT’S FULL steam ahead for Coláiste Nano Nagle as some of the best and brightest ladies look to launch their newly-developed apps for the upcoming BT Young Scientist Awards.

Located at Sexton Street in the city centre, the school has four exciting entries into this year’s finals, three of which have come from an after school coding-centred science club.

Samantha Prior, TY science teacher, said: “The competition has been important for developing the students confidence.”

Third year student Flourish Olushola created a gender-based violence app called ‘Whistleblower’, that puts users in touch with emergency and support services at the touch of a button. It can be disguised as a beauty app with one swipe.

Tamima Abedin, Abbey McNamara and Minahil Mir, all third years, have developed Hit the Books, which involves students using an app that has an interactive study buddy who motivates through flashcards, mini games, and crypto rewards. These rewards can then be used to buy accessories and can also be shared with friends.

Lana Qaddoura, Laiba Mir and Wagma Jan (second years) created an app called Keepin It Halal that helps identify halal food more easily in supermarkets by scanning a bar code. It was described as ‘incredible’ by their Muslim communities.

Holly O’Keeffe (TY) has been working on a project which is focused on supporting the homelessness community in Limerick.

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