Homework app helps Williamwood High pupils scoop £500 prize

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A team from Williamwood High School has won £500 in prize money as runners-up at the inaugural Incredible Innovations Competition.

Organised by DYW West, West College Scotland and Morrison Construction, the competition offers pupils from across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire, the opportunity to showcase their talents by pitching £1,000 ideas to a judges panel.

The team from Notre Dame High School took out the competition with their eco-friendly, reusable water bottle idea, winning the £1000.

Impressed by the presentations judges awarded a further two £500 runners-up prizes to St Peter the Apostle High School and Williamwood High School for their homework planner app and multi-phone charger ideas respectively.

Morrison Construction has also committed to supplying 250 water bottles to kick-start the Mary Russell School Eco-Warrior project.

Other finalists included teams from St Stephen’s High School, St Columba’s High School, Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School.

Jim Johnstone, Morrison Construction’s economic performance manager, said: “It was fantastic to be part of the Incredible Innovations competition since its inception in August last year, travelling to schools and meeting the pupils and teachers involved.”

Bob Davidson, DYW West director said: “Everything that the pupils have done to reach the finals will help them prepare for life after school – working as a team, conducting research, managing budgets, public speaking and much more – all skills employers want.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools, pupils and teachers that entered and congratulations to the winners, runners up and all that reached the final.

“Finally thank you to Morrison Construction and West College Scotland for being great partners and working together with us on the competition – the project will run again after the summer.”