Maitland High students kick smartphones into gear for Tech Girl Superhero competition

BRIGHT IDEA: Maitland High School student Lara Jukes, 14, is building an app that organises all community events in one place for the Tech Girl Superhero competition. Picture: Brodie Owen
BRIGHT IDEA: Maitland High School student Lara Jukes, 14, is building an app that organises all community events in one place for the Tech Girl Superhero competition. Picture: Brodie Owen

TEENAGER Lara Jukes admits it would be “crazy” if she landed her idea for an app on the Appstore.

But lately she’s learnt that anything’s possible as Maitland High gears up for Tech Girl Superhero – a national competition that seeks to tap the creative potential of Australian schoolgirls.

And the students have thrown up ideas that even the University of Newcastle concedes would give graduates a run for their money.

Among them is Lara’s idea to build an app to organise Maitland’s community events in one place. 

“A lot of things happen in Maitland and you only really find out about them once they’ve been and gone,” the 14-year-old said. “If we could put all of those events in one place, it would be easy to find out what’s going around you.”

IT lecturer Dr Karen Blackmore praised the student’s creative ideas while giving them a crash course in app building last week.

“This week we’ve seen new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving,” she said.

Tech Girl Superhero kicks off on April 11 and runs for 12 weeks.

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