Detroit-bound Wallace High Pupils Visit Catalyst Inc

Added Wednesday, April 18 2018

Today the Wallace High School Robotic’s Club visited Catalyst Inc ahead of their trip to the First LEGO® League World Festival in Detroit, Michigan next week, where they will be representing Northern Ireland. The group of students ranging from Year 9 to Year 11 had competed at an event in W5 in December where they earned their place at the Lego League World Festival.

They have created a project to avoid water wastage in the home through an interactive web app. When a person takes a shower, a piece of hardware (currently run through RaspberryPi) will detect how long it lasts for.

The idea behind the app is to track how long individuals shower for and to encourage them not to waste water. The device then links to an online user dashboard and plots showering times on a chart. Users can compete with friends and other users worldwide on a leader board and can unlock rewards. 

After listening to their pitch and watching a demo of the shower, our judging panel, Katie Dornan (Lanyon Communications), Stephanie Maher (PWC) and Alan Branagh (Insight Factory), provided the students with feedback and some additional points to consider. Feedback included developing their communication as a team, telling their story from problem to solution and how best to capture the attention of a US audience.

Good luck to the Wallace High School team on representing Northern Ireland next week - What a great achievement!