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Midleton College swept the board at this year’s Eircom Junior Spiders Award. Laura Cosgrave, second year student, took first place in three categories for her website Gaeilge Iontach. Laura won overall prize for ‘Creative Web Coding’, ‘Suiomh is Fearr’ and ‘Best Concept’ and was described as a ‘clear winner’ by the judges. Laura’s website comprises lots of interactive games and puzzles is geared towards primary school students to help them improve their Irish.
In the Tera (senior) category Midleton College had three projects shortlisted. ‘Perfekt’ was created by Charley Moore and George Hennessy to help Junior Cert students improve their German through an interactive quiz while Jim Moloney created an app for skateboard enthusiasts to improve their skateboarding skills. Both these projects were short listed in the final three of the ‘Best Mobilised App’ category.
The third TY project was ‘Dottie Duck’ who won the overall prize in the ‘Best Digital Game’ category. ‘Dottie Duck’ was created by Madeline Tanner, Susan Moran, Katen Duffy and Aiga Adler. The concept is simple – the player needs to take the duck to its ducklings while avoiding the hungry foxes. The game is aimed at young pupils with DCD tendencies to help with their hand eye co-ordination. Described by the judges as the ‘best little game’, ‘highly addictive’ the game was a real winner.
Speaking about the projects Ms. Linehan, IT Co-Ordinator at Midleton College, said ‘I’m so proud of each of the students. They are four fantastic projects, it was a real achievement get to the top three in the country in each of the categories and for two of the projects to take overall prizes is unbelievable. Well deserved’.