Co-winner Mikayla Stokes, 15, created the Pollution Sensor. Pollution Sensor monitors how pollution changes in different areas around her home-town of Auckland. After seeing smoky trucks on the roads Mikayla wanted to find ways to reduce pollution in her city.
In her first year entering ASB Bright Sparks, Mikayla has found the environment supportive and is looking forward to taking on the challenge and entering again next year.
“ASB Bright Sparks has been really helpful with providing resources and has been a great way to meet new people. I really like the forum and the overall community,” Mikayla says.
The Skills Organisation Chief Executive Garry Fissenden congratulates each winner at this year’s ASB Bright Sparks.
“This year’s finalists should be very proud of themselves and what they’ve achieved,” Mr Fissenden says.
“It’s exciting to see the quality of the entries increasing each year. The Skills Organisation is proud to partner with ASB to provide this platform for New Zealand’s future tech leaders,” Mr Fissenden says.
ASB Executive General Manager Technology and Innovation Russell Jones is delighted with the success of ASB Bright Sparks this year, ASB’s first year supporting the programme.
“The Skills Organisation and ASB share a focus on youth and innovation, and this year has proven to be a very successful one for the competition. It’s great to see more of our young people getting involved in technology and innovation, and see female participation grow year-on-year, too,” Mr Jones says.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. We look forward to seeing next year’s entries in ASB Bright Sparks!