Fort Hill students see into the future as they scoop digital prize

The winning team from FortHill Integrated College are pictured at the final of 'Digital Youth' with Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee and Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Youth Enterprise NI.
The winning team from FortHill Integrated College are pictured at the final of 'Digital Youth' with Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council's Development Committee and Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Youth Enterprise NI.

Fort Hill Integrated College was awarded ‘Overall Winner’ at the recent ‘Digital Youth’ final with their ‘GeAR Goggles’ which are innovative glasses with built in AR designed to assist tourists worldwide on their travels.

The final was a tightly fought contest at Lagan Valley Island between teams from five local post-primary schools: Breda Academy, Fort Hill Integrated, Friends’ School Lisburn, St Patrick’s Academy, and Wallace High School.

Other awards presented at the final included ‘Highly Commended’ to Breda Academy for its ‘The World’s Eye’, Friends’ School Lisburn won the ‘Tech Time Challenge’ and was commended for its ‘Match Analysis Robot’, St Patrick’s Academy won ‘Most Innovative’ for its ‘MED-Drone’, and Wallace High School was the ‘Runner Up’ with its ‘Tutor AR’ project.

Alderman William Leathem, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, said: “I would like to commend all the participating schools on the problem solving, communication and teamwork skills demonstrated in designing their projects. It was a very tough decision for the judges to identify an overall winner, as there were only a few marks between all the entrants. Each of the final innovative projects presented exceeded our expectations of this project and are an indication of the high level of entrepreneurial drive being harnessed in schools within the Lisburn Castlereagh area.”

‘Digital Youth’ was delivered by Young Enterprise NI on behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. Carol Fitzsimons MBE, Chief Executive with Young Enterprise NI added: “Young Enterprise commends the Council on its commitment to developing the digital skills of the young people in the Council area. We are delighted that so many young people in schools across the Council area and local business leaders have been able get involved.”