Yanchep STEM students impress at HackED

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Best innovation winners from Yanchep Secondary College Mason Lingoe, Cameron Shanks, Beckett Shaw, Kyle Sprenkeling and Tkiah Parker.

AN idea to harness methane produced by landfill has resulted in Yanchep Secondary College students winning the innovation category at HackED 2018.

The annual hackathon run by SPUR, powered by Landgate attracted 128 secondary students from eight schools on August 16.

The students gathered at the Midland Town Hall and used location data to develop new ways to improve their communities.

SPUR general manager Peter Markham said it was an excellent opportunity for students to engage creatively in real world problems and solve community challenges using location information available through data.wa.gov.au

“HackED is a fast-paced, exciting way for students to discover the power of open data and apply their STEM learnings in integrated and innovative ways,’’ he said.

Mr Markham said the event would not have been possible without the support of Department Fire and Emergency Services, Western Power, Water Corporation, Department of Communities, Kinetic IT and the City of Swan.

The best overall hack was won by Duncraig Senior High School who came up with a mobile application that tracks a householder’s water usage, comparing it with other suburbs and the recommended amount, promoting ways for people to reduce their water usage.