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Megabytes wins big at EduTECH Asia 2018

FIVE senior students from Jerudong International School (JIS) recently won the first EduBUILD Masters Hackathon competition hosted by EduTECH Asia 2018 exhibition at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

The Megabytes, comprising Year 10 students, Otto Wiseman, Sakshi Mishra, Manahil Chughtai, Zhi Min Lim and Josh Lindsay, competed against 10 schools from Asia at the competition from October 9 – 10.

‘The Megabytes’ were accompanied by Head of IT at JIS Simon Carter and Coordinator of JIS’ Outdoor Discovery Centre Gwendoline Sandow.

Students presented their project where they have been working on bringing Augmented Reality (AR) into the award winning JIS Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC). The challenge was to identify issues and design a future classroom that provides a solution to key issues faced in education. The students designed an app whereby when a code is scanned, a multimedia presentation is opened.

“To make an essentially natural environment, such as the ODC, information-rich – even multimedia-rich – without bringing in any additional technology was a challenge,” said Simon Carter. “The other challenge was for students to present their plan to adults from the twin worlds of technology and education from one-to-one conversations to the keynote address on the main stage: In all these contexts, our students were so impressive, and learned an incredible amount.

“The Megabytes’ multi-media pods are a fantastic addition to the ODC: not only will they enable anyone from our school or community to use the ODC independently as a learning space, they also give us the potential to share our ideas for sustainable living with other schools,” said Gwendoline Sandow.

Student teams underwent a six-week preparation process from September to October. The Megabytes attended weekly workshops in school, via Skype with Singapore and China on the weekends.

Other competing schools were Bukit View Primary School; EduGrow School; Cape of Colours School; St Francis Methodist School and Home School from Singapore, Manila Xiamen International School and Xiamen International School from China and Oak Meadow International School from Phuket, Thailand.

The Megabytes in a group photo with staff of ‘It Takes an Island’, the organisation which organised the EduBUILD Masters Hackathon, and two judges. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The Megabytes in a group photo with staff of ‘It Takes an Island’, the organisation which organised the EduBUILD Masters Hackathon, and two judges. – PHOTOS: JERUDONG INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

The Megabytes presents their project in the first round of the competition

The Megabytes presents their project in the first round of the competition

Borneo Bulletin | Lyna Mohamad | October 18, 2018