United IDEAS Final
Sheffield’s High Hazels Academy took second place in national competition UnitedIDEAS with a project designed to help people with dementia.
Hosted by academy sponsor United Learning, UnitedIDEAS is aimed at the Group’s primary schools across the country and challenges pupils to come up with innovative solutions to local, national or global issues.
Working in teams, pupils have been developing their ideas since the scheme’s launch in the autumn term.
At High Hazels, the young entrepreneurs drew inspiration from the elderly and the particular challenges faced by people with dementia.
Their idea was to create an app for the I-Watch which would help people to remember things through a series of functions, including an information manager and facial recognition.
On Wednesday 6th March, the team from High Hazels Academy faced stiff competition from 5,000 other pupils to take second place in the UnitedIDEAS final, which was held at IBM’s offices in Warwick. During the day, pupils had to present their idea to the judges and create an eye-catching display and posters explaining their idea and the difference it would make.
Mrs Asma Maqsood-Shah, Headteacher at High Hazels Academy, expressed her pride at the pupils’ success:
“A huge well done to the team, who have worked incredibly hard over the last six months to come up with such a detailed and thoughtful proposal. Not only has UnitedIDEAS helped to get our children thinking creatively, but it has been a great opportunity for them to meet children from other schools across United Learning. The competition tied in perfectly with our commitment to provide an Education with Character, giving our pupils a range of broader, enriching experiences in addition to their day-to-day learning.”