School pupils from East Renfrewshire have designed a winning cross-platform app for the Barrhead Foundry after attending a course specifically designed to give participating pupils a more complex grounding in building apps.
The youngsters all attended West College Scotland’s Paisley campus every week for four months and learned how to build and market mobile apps and online games using the course platform tool TouchDevelop.
In groups of three the pupils worked on their own prototype and the winning app was chosen by Andrew Webber, senior marketing lead for Microsoft Developer Experience Group and David Renton, curriculum quality leader for computing at West College Scotland.
Calumn Barton from Woodfarm High and Lewis McNeill and Nathan McCarron from St Luke’s High won for their app which promotes both the Barrhead Foundry and the Barrhead area.
David Renton, curriculum quality leader for computing at West College Scotland said: “This was an enriching experience for students in that it made things real for them by having an actual client to please and by having to compete against other teams.
“It has helped them develop their skills not just in app development but also in research, team working and presenting.
“The final day was also a great experience, especially when the boys got to demonstrate their app to Princess Anne on Surface3 tablets which Microsoft had loaned us for the day.”
Commenting on the day Liam Kelly, General Manager, Developer Experience, Microsoft UK said: ” Student developers are important for Microsoft and to support initiatives that enable young developers to turn their ideas into reality, expand their knowledge of technology and the skills they need to jump-start a career is key for us.
“To see what the developers of the future are producing, as they progress through their education, is extremely rewarding.”
Calumn Barton said: “The course was designed to teach us how to create an app and was more complex than similar things we’d studied before.
“We learned how to work well together as a team. We’re now looking at the app going live so local people can use it.”
All three are hoping to go on to work in computing as a future career.