A TRIO of pupils from Earlston High School are through to the next round of a national technology competition, thanks to their innovative design for a computer game, writes Mark Entwistle.
The entry from the Borders young inventors is for the Arnold Clark Schools Challenge – run by the well-known motor dealership – which will turn the winning entry into a free downloadable mobile phone app, as part of a nationwide marketing campaign.
The Earlston team, christened the Appy Chappies, consists of three sixth-years students, Stuart Elliot and Andrew McQuarrie, both 17, and Ross Angus, 16.
“After many gruelling lunch-time brain-storming sessions, we submitted our entry - ‘Arnold’s Tyresome Tyre Trail’,” explained Andrew this week.
“To our tremendous surprise, we discovered today that our app was regarded as among the best 10 entries in Scotland.”
Andrew explained that, in their game, the player is in control of a tyre. The tyre rolls along a track and, to make it change direction, the iPod/ or iPhone must be tilted left or right.
There are obstacles which must be avoided and also helpful pick-ups which can be collected. You may also wish to direct the tyre up a ramp and make it do a trick. The aim of the game is to travel the greatest distance possible.
Through to the final 10, the Appy Chappies now have to wait and see the result of the public vote on whose game is judged to be the best.
Voting lasts until tomorrow and Andrew says he, Ross and Stuart would be really grateful if as many people as possible could vote for them.
“We are the only team in the Borders to make it to this stage of the competition and we would love to do the region proud,” he said. “To place a vote, you simply have to go to www.arnoldclark.com/schools-challenge, click ‘Vote’ and choose Earlston High School’s entry from the Appy Chappies.”
The winner of the competition will get their school two years of free mini-bus travel and 10 computers.