Winners have emerged at the Oracle Academy Students Hackathon 2.0 held at Grange School, Ikeja, Lagos, with about 100 competing primary and secondary school students.
According to Dele Tejuoso, founder of WifiCombat Academy, a co-organiser of the event, this second edition was held to gauge the technology competencies of the students, as well as increase awareness on societal issues, whilst helping to re-shape the students’ perceptions about themselves.
Three winning groups emerged and were rewarded with various gifts from Oracle Academy and MTN.
The winners from the senior category included: Hauwa Mohammed, an SS2 student of Ovie Brume Foundation School, Lagos; Daniel of Supreme Education Foundation School, Samuel from ATGS and Ifeoluwa from Redeemers International School.
The junior category winners included: Oluwadunto Ayanwale, an 8-year-old student of St. Saviour’s Ebutte-Metta; Semilore Tejuoso, a 10-year-old student of Temple School, Ilupeju; Charli Ogbazi, a 10-year-old student of Imperial Gate School, Lekki and Ayomide from Supreme Education Foundation (SEF), Lagos.
The contestants were adjudged by Tejuoso alongside the Country Head, Oracle Academy, Sefunmi Fadahunsi, and educational consultants, Mofope Israeal-Adegboye and Sharif Gbadamosi.
The participants, who were randomly grouped in fours at both primary and secondary levels, were charged with addressing sustainable development goals (SDGs) by creating animations, databases and presentations, using Greenfoot, Alice or Oracle SQL software.
According to Sharif Gbadamosi, the participating students of the Oracle Academy Students Hackathon 2.0 were adjudged based on their teamwork, creativity, and accuracy in executing and presenting their tasks and in communication.
“The curriculum is not fitting for the 21st century. Whoever heard about Ubers, Global Influencers, A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), Block Chains, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality?
These are the jobs of the future. Schools have to fit into the 21st century. Students should be involved in learning that is more project-based than knowledge-based. Learning has to be more interactive.”