18 Aquinas College entries have been selected as finalists for the 2020 Young Innovator Awards. 28 Aquinas College students are individual or group finalists in one or more of 7 Intermediate, 9 Junior Secondary and 2 Senior Secondary projects. Of note: Claire Ma (Year 9) was selected as a finalist for her individual entry as well as an entry she completed with a group. And Noah Ball (Year 8) is a finalist four times over, with his two individual entries as well working on two group innovations.
Please vote online for your favourite finalists in the Bayfair People’s Choice Award. With so many finalists from Aquinas College, we need your help to get the message out. Please send a request to all your friends and family asking them to support your favourite Aquinas College entry in each category of this competition. The online voting is open and closes on the 25 August. Please follow the link to the home page. On the left in the yellow panel are three categories: INTERMEDIATE FINALISTS. JUNIOR FINALISTS. SENIOR FINALISTS. Please click to enter and VOTE!
ECOurier Box – Isaac Jarden: A reusable, sustainable box which replaces traditional, packaging-ridden online shopping
ProtectU – Piper Gregory, Elise Oxenham, Stephanie Samson: A salt infused mask cover, adding an extra layer of protection to current PPE to protect front line workers from catching Covid-19.
JUNIOR: (Year 9 – 10)
SOAP – Claire Ma: A platform pairing older people with volunteers who will help with their grocery shopping allowing those at risk to remain in isolation during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The P.O.D App (Proof of Delivery) – Erin Moore: An App allowing Courier drivers to get proof of delivery and customers to receive their packages personally whilst maintaining physical distancing – with application beyond the COVID-19 lockdown.
Relax-A-Balls – Holly Van den Borst, Mila Laurie: A snack that helps reduce stress and is suitable for people with diabetes to eat between main meals.
Quaranclean – Kaia Hopkinson, Finley Jones, Dawn Villegas: A toy/device for young children to make washing hands fun and effective
The Interacter Tracker – Stevie Shaw: A wristband that contact traces Covid-19
LOCAL – Keisha Abrau, Claire Ma, Grace McDonald: A points sticker system – to reinvigorate the New Zealand economy by encouraging New Zealanders to buy products that contribute the most to the NZ economy. Consumers will be able to identify if the raw materials or parts are locally sourced, its manufactured in NZ, and if the company is NZ owned.
Filthy Clean – Sylvester Green, Eric Shin: A product educating children on how to wash their hands properly. Filthy Clean makes the invisible, visible, allowing parents to check that their children are washing their hands thoroughly.
OLO – Online Learning Organiser – Kate Dekker: An app that connects Microsoft, Google Classroom, and other online learning platforms.
Sneeze Guard – Jacob Graham: A reusable, comfortable mask, always on hand to use if you feel the need to cough or sneeze to stop the spread of COVID 19, whilst leaving stocks of PPE for frontline workers.
INTERMEDIATE: (Year 7 – 8)
Q – Noah Ball, Lucia Watt: An app that employs sensors and cameras to accurately reports how long the queue is at supermarkets and how fast the queue is moving in real time.
The Hand Bag – Amy Evans, Maddelyn Hunt: A supermarket produce bag and glove all-in-one. This innovation allows people to select the fruit and vegetables without contaminating other items while reducing the need for wearing disposable gloves.
ShoPPE – Noah Ball
– An app for tracking and maintaining PPE stocks in any organisation across the country. For the safety of all frontline workers, plus stock holding information is available to the Ministry of Health.
Patience – Noah Ball: An efficient contactless pairing system for doctors and patients. The doctor/surgery is notified of the patient’s arrival and location in the carpark, improving efficiency and safety at medical centres.
Tr-ACE – Noah Ball, Sam Webb: A contact tracing system using personal QR codes that everyone can use. This system removes any privacy issues attached to current solutions by allowing people to manage their own contact tracing.
Little Tai – Caitlin Guidera, Ruby Hunt, Beth Mosley: An interactive friend/doll to maintain or improve the mental health of young children kids missing social contact during the lockdown.
The ConnectUs wall – Monique Faire, Aurelia James: A transportable barrier that separates visitors and COVID-19 patients. The ConnectUs Wall has built-in gloves so people can connect with their loved ones while they are in the hospital.