On 9 June, students from throughout Catalonia gathered for one of our favourite events of the year ‒ the mSchools Student Awards ‒ a competition that honours and rewards the best technological projects created by Catalan students in three categories: App Education, Mobile History Map and Scratch Challenge.

The event welcomed 118 finalist projects and 580 participants, young students who presented their work in front of an audience of over 2,000, which included a large jury of experts and a number of media representatives.

The day was full of excitement and nerves, and once again highlighted the students’ elation at having reached the final. “It was a nerve-wracking day, but we ended up feeling really excited and there were even some tears,” explained high school students from IES Agustí Serra i Fontanet in Sabadell. Their project ‘Stolpersteine’, which documents the experiences of Sabadell citizens in Nazi concentration camps, won them the award in the Mobile History Map category for secondary school students.

Beyond the astonishing potential shown by the participants, one of the most noteworthy aspects of the competition is the large number of girls taking part, accounting for more than 50% of participants this year. “The experience was wonderful – really fulfilling. It was exciting to be an all-girl group‒ it goes to show that gender is increasingly irrelevant in technology,” said the group who called themselves “Cointy” from the Col·legi Sagrada Família in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, winners of the audience vote in the App Education category.

Once again, the competition has helped to bring students closer to the world of entrepreneurship and further develop their digital skills. The girls in the “Cointy” team who won the App Education competition with their ‘Llibraddicta’ (book addict) app in the “Artistic and cultural creation” category, highlight it as one of the best aspects of the event: “This project has helped us to discover, first-hand, how the business world works and how to programme by setting ourselves goals. mSchools has opened up a whole world of possibilities!” 

Lastly, the students from the Escola El Cim primary school in Teià, who got the second place in the Scratch Challenge in their age group, have created a video explaining their experiences at the event:

The mSchools Students Awards do not end there: the App Education and Scratch Challenge winners will enjoy the residential TechCamp in July. “I am really looking forward to my stay at TechCamp. It is a great opportunity to consolidate everything I have learned,” said Lucía González, a student at IES Manuel Carrasco i Formiguera and member of ‘UNION’, one of the teams that won a special mention for the best oral presentation.