Some weeks ago we posted about a joint initiative between two arms of Microsoft’s Public Sector division – Education and Health – and West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing. The Schools App Challenge sees primary school pupils turning their minds towards app development, with the task at hand being to create an app for children that helps them to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Students at Hendal Primary School were recently paid a visit by the Wakefield Health & Wellbeing Health Pod. Read more about this on the West Wakefield blog: Schools App Challenge user testing and Health Pod Visit.
As well as introducing them to world of coding through the use of the Microsoft TouchDevelop platform, those taking part will have to pitch their working apps to a panel of judges and in doing so will gain valuable experience in modern business skills such as working as a team to conceive, develop and market an idea. The subject matter of this project based learning journey will also help the children to appreciate the importance of taking care of their health from an early age.
With many of today’s health problems faced by adults the result of habitual behaviours developed as children, teachers and parents have a responsibility to educate young people on how to look after themselves. The Schools App Challenge from Microsoft and West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing helps to get children interested in taking care of their own bodies by introducing these topics through the medium of creative app development and working with their friends and classmates.
The final round of the competition will take place next week on Tuesday 16th June, with the students pitching their apps to a panel including representatives from Microsoft, West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing, Wakefield Council, and NHS Wakefield CCG. After the event we’ll be reporting on how the day went and revealing all about the winning team and their app.
For more information about West Wakefield’s work with Microsoft, please visit Microsoft Health.