A Medina College student has had his solution to the issues facing students during lockdown marked the best by judges, as part of a challenge that saw 300 entries from across the globe.
Islander Finn McCabe came up with the idea of the 'e-School' - a dynamic virtual school with a 3D environment and innovative video whiteboard - which would allow students to stay on task and comfortable whilst learning at home.
The judges of the National Young Innovators Challenge had set the task of designing one big idea to transform virtual learning in any school activity, asking those taking part to be 'bold in their innovation'.
As part of the challenge, Finn then had to present his idea via video to the judges, and fully explain how it would aid students.
Challenge leaders, InvestIN Education, said:
“The e-School was the overwhelming favourite amongst the judging panel. They were delighted to hear Finn’s innovation and creative flair towards solving the issues faced by many students during the lockdown period, as well as his clear compassion for improving the education of those who need the most support.”
Finn received a £50 Amazon voucher and a free place at one of InvestIN Education's Autumn Term Careers Education Programmes as his prize, and has chosen to take part in the Computer Science Programme in February.
Julia Larcombe, SEND Manager at Medina College, said:
“We are incredibly proud of Finn and his achievement. As a student with SEN, Finn decided to enter the competition off his own back, realising during lockdown that having access to support in lessons is just as important online as in school. His innovative thinking is something that will support other students in the future which is incredible.”