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WINNERS 2005

With entries from over 49 countries this year, the Academy judges had a challenging task in selecting the final winning and commended projects.

Select the links below to view the winning projects from this year’s Academy competition. There are 3 main categories. Individual, Schools and New to the Net – a category for those with new ideas and limited access to technology.

Those selected will benefit from traveling to Jamaica to attend the Academy week and celebration in March 2005. Winners will also receive a share of the £30,000 Academy web development fund. With Childnet’s support the young people will be able to further develop these outstanding projects and new ideas which showcase how young people can use the Internet positively and to help other young people around the world.

enter nowChildnet’s young person’s panel which includes previous Academy winners had a unique role in judging this year’s projects. You can see what they said about the process here.

Individual category | Schools category | New to the Net category | Commended projects


Individual Category

Animals in Danger

Animals in Danger
Lalit R Maganti
8 years
United Kingdom
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/rmaganti

click here to read the judges' comments

After borrowing a book on how to build a website from the library, eight year old Lalit Maganti decided he could develop his own website. The result is Animals in Danger, a simple yet effective site which looks at prehistoric, extinct, endangered and saved animals. Lalit hopes that by attending the Academy he will work with others to develop this site and in the future include more information on how other children can do more to save animals in danger all over the world.



Biotechnology - the food solution

Biotechnology – the food solution
Samuel Oloyede Odofin
17 years
Nigeria
www.odofin.com

click here to read the judges' comments

Seventeen year old Samuel Odofin had a real concern about the low level of food production in Africa, so last year he began an in-depth research project on how food production could be boosted. He wanted to produce a learning resource for other young people to help them understand the emerging science of Biotechnology. Written in three languages, the website is a warehouse of scientific information, with challenging articles, case studies, interactive quizzes and even a poetry competition encouraging artistic scientific creativity!



J.U.I.C.E

J.U.I.C.E
Jenny Choi & Isabella Doak
16 years
New Zealand
www.geocities.com/project_juice

click here to read the judges' comments

J.U.I.C.E - Juveniles United in Conserving Energy is a website designed by and for young people where they can meet, discuss, and learn about the real cost of energy and encourage practical ways to prolong our planet's life expectancy! Sixteen year olds Jenny and Isabella - the authors and developers of this amazing resource, want to increase awareness among other young people about the issues and get enough interest to start JUICE meetings in local communities.



Xenonic.com - random thoughts for a random world

Xenonic.com – random thoughts for a random world
Rob Wright
17 years
United Kingdom
www.xenonic.com

click here to read the judges' comments

What if you want to play the piano and know the guitar chords but don’t know where to place your fingers on the keys? Seventeen year old Rob Wright thought he could solve this question so he developed Piano Chord Helper software which shows users the right piano keys you should be hitting to sound certain chords. Instead of selling it to budding musicians the world over he decided to make it available free from his own eclectic website. The result - over 100,000 downloads and a growing base of fans who are now contributing random thoughts to Xenonic.com and joining a thriving online community for youth.


Schools Category

Looking At You

Looking At You
Elizabeth Clegg
14 years
Scotland
www.sonokids.org/lookingatyou

click here to read the judges' comments

After hearing about an episode on a popular TV programme in which a person going blind shot himself, three young pupils from the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland decided it was time to develop a website giving a more positive message about living with visual impairments. Looking At You is the result and 3 young teenagers from the school share how blind people can actively engage in life, enjoy TV, play sports, cook and even use special software to create their own website. After attending the Academy the girls want to include more sound files for the site and inspire other young people from around the world to interact and contribute to the site.



Me Against Terrorism

Me Against Terrorism
Khurshid Sharipov
18 years
Uzbekistan
http://termez11.connect.uz/mat/project.html

click here to read the judges' comments

Four students from Alisher Navoi School in Uzbekistan decided to make young people at their school aware of the terrorism issues affecting them and people worldwide. From this they set up communication with a school in the United States in order to share experiences and opinions and found that young people from different countries share similar feelings on this issue. As one of the quotes from the website says “Nowadays the main problem of the peace in the world is terrorism. That's why we want all youth of the world united against terrorism.”


New to the Net Category (new ideas, under development)

As well as rewarding and funding existing online projects, Childnet has always wanted to support young people around the world who had limited access to technology but had creative, realistic goals and aims to develop new projects and ideas. The following projects will win prize money and attend the Academy and it is hoped that by introducing them to the fellow Academy participants and local Jamaican young people that these projects will take off and grow. Some of the projects have a simple website, others are only at the planning stage but are described here.


Almajiri Syndrome

Almajiri Syndrome “Street Urchin”
George Ushahemba Ayoo
12 years
Nigeria
http://almajiri.5u.com

click here to read the judges' comments

Twelve year old George from Nigeria has a vision to create a website to help educate young people in Nigeria and elsewhere on what is happening with the growing emergence of street children and child laborers in Northern Nigeria who are termed “Almajiri”. Already George has designed an impressive website with facts and background on the crisis and describes his own involvement with the boys from the street. He wishes to use the medium to appeal to Government and others to put more effort to control or possibly eradicate child poverty in this region of Nigeria. The Academy will help George develop his website and help support him in his work when he returns to Nigeria.



Breakaway
Shawna-Kaye Georgia Lester
18 years
Jamaica

click here to read the judges' comments

Having been able to extend her education and attend university in the United States, Shawna-Kaye wants to support other young people from the Caribbean and let them know that they can have great opportunities too. As she puts it, “The Breakaway website aims to be the eagle among the backyard chickens and tell young people that no matter how small the opportunity, grab it! Make a path where none exists; use your education to breakaway”. With support from the Academy she wants to be able to involve a network of older young people to share their stories, be mentors and inspire the young.



It’s all in the mix!
Jamine Armstrong
18 years
N.Ireland
www.itsallinthemix.net

click here to read the judges' comments

Students from Northern Ireland's first religiously integrated school want to share their experiences of 'mixing' in a divided community with young people in other divided communities around the world. Through creating a young-person’s website they aim to share and celebrate differences under a theme of “being a stronger voice for being the same - only different!” They plan to use the latest mobile phone technology and allow young people to complete video diary interviews to share their stories and give a positive picture of their countries. The Academy will introduce them to other students from over all over the world who can contribute to this new resource.



Learning how to care about our environment
Abraham Fergusson
14 years
Trinidad and Tobago

click here to read the judges' comments

Having seen first hand the devastation of Grenada and Haiti by Hurricane Ivan last year, 14 year old Abraham Ferguson has a vision to develop a website which allows young people from around the world to share their experiences of being involved in natural disasters. Through a forum and website he aims to help educate others on the causes of disasters and practical ways to prepare for and support those caught up in similar events. The project would aim to “t urn lack of caring into one of care for our earth” and in this regard the website would be a teaching resource not simply a record of tragic events.



What Will You Do?: Teen Pregnancy

What Will You Do?
Ashley Harmsma
16 years
Canada
www.ucdsb.on.ca/athens/teenpregnancy

click here to read the judges' comments

When friends of sixteen year olds Ashley and Hannah became pregnant, the two girls sought for advice and resources to help them but most websites on the subject were written by adults and didn’t appeal to young people like them. They decided therefore to build a website which would give young people a chance to share their stories and find information and support. The site has an interactive Truths and Myths quiz, and hopes to soon have advice for teen fathers too. The students want to contact young people from around the world and explore how the subject of teen pregnancy is different in other countries and cultures.



Young MDG

Young MDG
Angelicum
18 years
Philippines
www.youngmdg.com/result.php

click here to read the judges' comments

In September 2000 the United Nations agreed an international blueprint called the Millennium Development Goals to combat some of the pressing issues facing the world’s poor including poverty, hunger, inequality, lack of education, poor health and environmental degradation. However, according to eighteen year old Angelicum from the Philippines, they are not written so that they can be easily understood by children nor communicated in a way which is appealing and engaging for young people. That’s why he plans to make a website where the formal sounding explanations of MDG can be interpreted in a fun and relevant format and so that youth can get involved and help change the world.


Commended projects

The Academy judges decided to commend a further 4 projects and award a grant of £500 to help support the development of the following projects:

The Aids website

The Aids website (India) www.aidsite.cjb.net
A new website under development produced by a young person from India which aims to provide a resource for young people on this important issue.


Feral Feast

Feral Feast (Australia) http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00128/?tqskip1=1
A bilingual website created by three teenagers from The Netherlands, Australia and Indonesia which aims to heighten awareness of the damage and destruction that introduced and exotic species can create when they are removed from their natural environment.


Yoga project

Yoga project (India) www.yogaworld.cjb.net
A very comprehensive website that aims to acquaint the world with the ancient art of yoga which helps an individual to lead a physically, mentally, socially and spiritually disciplined life.


Math Virtual Learning Circle

Math Virtual Learning Circle (Iran) http://math.schoolnet.ir
A bilingual (Persian/English) website from young people in Iran passionate about helping other students discover math in a fun and interactive way.

 
 

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