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Computing students create super apps

05 November 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Four week challenge for first years

 

Computing students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have transformed themselves into superheroes, pirates and even Blu Tac in their quest to create and market their own treasure hunt apps.

The 170 first year students were given four weeks to work in groups to create a downloadable mobile app to aid users on a treasure hunt around the University. The launch event saw the students go to town to showcase their work with many of them dressing up as the characters depicted in their programs.

"The whole group has worked really hard and it’s fantastic to do something so creative right at the beginning of the course.”

Forensic computing student Laura Hully, 18, worked with six others on their Super Bacon app. She said: “We’ve created a character called Captain Chops who will guide the user through the treasure hunt. The whole group has worked really hard and it’s fantastic to do something so creative right at the beginning of the course.”

The budding developers and programmers were asked to take on the challenge during the first few weeks of their studies as a team building exercise and to immerse them in the practical side of the course.

“We were amazed by the quality of the students’ work and the enthusiasm they had for the project."

Computing challengeComputing lecturer Nicky Danino has organised the third annual Four Week Challenge event with colleagues Lesley May and Nick Mitchell.

Nicky said: “We were amazed by the quality of the students’ work and the enthusiasm they had for the project. It’s allowed them to get to know each other and begin the essential practical skills they will need during their studies.”