School snaps: 11-year-olds from AISM set to change the world!

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Four Year 6 students from the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) were recently selected as Semi-Finalists in the Technovation Innovation Challenge, a global technology entrepreneurship program for girls, that challenges them to build a mobile app, write a business plan and submit a pitch video about their idea which will help address a community problem.

Megan Yap, Mia Tan, Tania Thong, and Emily Tan from AISM were among the 12 teams chosen from Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand regions. Under the quirky name MY Tech Mooks, the AISM students created an app called ReShare, which will help the underprivileged. The app allows people or organisations who have things to donate to list what they have available, and for organisations and charities who rely on donations to look through the list and select the things they want to receive. The ReShare app is currently in Beta mode and is due for some final modifications before it is available for download.

The girls are grateful to have received the support and guidance of their coach and science teacher Ms Susan Skinner. “Statistics show that although many girls are very interested in science, technology, and maths in middle school, far too few go on to study these areas at university or pursue careers in technology,” she says.

This article was originally published in The Expat magazine (July 2016) which is available online or in print via a free subscription.

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