The Grade 9 Final Design Exhibition took place on Thursday evening 31 May in the Main Hall at ICS.
Working in project groups, ICS Grade 9 Design students have been developing new products, creating prototypes and producing supportive marketing materials to bring their products to consumers. Mentors from Bank Julius Baer were present on Thursday evening 31 May to advise the student teams and give them feedback on their business plans.
Aaditya, Brendan and Briana, the Eclipse team, pitched 'Fuse', the app with a user friendly interface designed to improve interpersonal relationships between students and teachers, thereby creating a better, more collaborative classroom environment.
For those passionate about skateboarding or riding a scooter, but lacking the money to buy their own equipment, the Scate Rent team - Joshua, Lucie, and Thomas - offered a simple-to-use ridesharing app which included many amazing features.
Freja, Jordan, Kylian and Matisse, members of Sways, designed a stylish and comfortable backpack with anti-pickpocketing features, lockable zips, slash-resistant material, GPS tracking and extra features including a charging block and organisational pockets.
After the presentations were completed, the mentors chose the Falcons as the evening's winners. Team members Anders, John, Louise, and Sabrina pitched 'Fidus', which is Latin for "safe". Fidus is a wearable tracker which can track different objects or people and can be worn as a bracelet or necklace or clipped onto backpacks, collars or clothing. If the Fidus client is barely conscious or unable to reach their phone, the app sends out a pre-recorded message to the user's emergency contacts.
As Louise of Falcons said in her presentation "Our goal is not to only expand our business in volume and increase company growth and productivity... It's our target to grow hand-in-hand with our customers. We are not satisfied with the status quo; we want to rise above and beyond 'normality' to create spectacular products which make life easier for as many people as possible."
The focus and engagement of the G9 students who were involved in the Final Exhibition was impressive. We congratulate all the teams for a job well done!