Three teams of Y10s from Churston recently flew to London to take part in NESTA’s Longitude Explorer Prize semi final event.
The challenge is to create or improve a product, app or service that uses AI technology to make the world a better place. Based on the premise that we would all like to live in a world where people can live longer, live better, live together, and live greener, and that technology has a positive part to play in this optimistic future.
The event was held at the Olympic Park in East London where the students attended a series of workshops run by industry leading experts. Topics such as pitching and presenting, robotics, app development, ethical issues, security concerns and the potential of AI were covered in a series of inspiring inputs.
The students have now developed their ideas based on their experiences at the event and have a nervous wait until the end of March when the finalists will be announced. Churston have had at least one team in every national final so far and their ideas were warmly received by staff from NESTA. The finalists get to pitch their idea at the Dragon’s Den studio in Manchester in July, with the prospect of a £25,000 prize on offer, watch this space!