It was an intense and exciting atmosphere, recently, at Grange School, Ikeja, Lagos, where no less than 100 primary and secondary school students in Lagos State competed for top prizes in Oracle Academy’s students’ Hackathon 2.0. 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 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.At the end, the competition threw up three winning groups from both levels, who went home 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.
According to Gbadamosi, the students were adjudged based on their teamwork, creativity, and accuracy in executing and presenting their tasks and in communication.
She decried the inefficiency of the current educational curriculum for Nigerian schools in developing software development education at the primary and secondary levels.
She said: “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.”