Sentinus App Development Day

On Friday 6th December Grosvenor welcomed a team from Sentinus, the home of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enrichment and enhancement activities for schools in Northern Ireland, to the School where they hosted its inaugural ‘App. Development Day’ for selected pupils in Form Three.

After a brief opening session those pupils in attendance were introduced to programming during period two and, after lunch, were given the task of working in groups of four on the various projects that had been set. 

The first task was basic as pupils constructed a robot that beeped at a click but following this the pupils moved on to making BMI calculators and Unit Converters.  Each group was allowed to design these items according to their own style and make them more professional by adding colour as well as varying font size and shapes. 

Despite a few hiccups the apps were soon ready for use and, in the afternoon, the pupils had the fantastic opportunity of making their own apps, leaving them free to be creative - the groups created a ‘Kidz Quiz’ for young children to be able to test their Maths and English skills.

All of the pupils present really appreciated everything that the Sentinus team, which helped them create and programme their apps, showed them. They were all extremely helpful in providing shortcuts and computing tips.

In all the day proved extremely entertaining with the pupils enjoying themselves thoroughly in an educational and informative environment.

Many thanks to Sentinus, the home of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) enrichment and enhancement activities for schools in Northern Ireland, for taking the time to educate the School’s pupils throughout the day.  We look forward to many more such initiatives running within the School in the near future.

A group of form three pupils receive some help from a member pof the STEM team during the App Development Day at the beginning of December