Our teammate, Alvin, sure is on a roll! On top of securing the runner-up spot for the NUS EdTech challenge in February, he came in 2nd for another hackathon yet again. This time it was the MOE Learning Buildathon organised by UP Singapore and held at LEVEL 3.
The buildathon aims to spark the joy of learning in students by rethinking the design of learning resources.
A total of 30 teams gathered over the weekend and brainstormed innovative ways to make learning fun again. The teams leveraged technology to tackle the following categories: languages, STEM, Humanities and the Arts, and Integrating the Disciplines.
Alvin’s teammate, Dael, is a student at Millenia Institute. One of her woes in school is the difficulty of finding different perspectives for her General Paper (GP) subject.
Thus, their solution was born — a chatbot named Nooey the Nerd (it’s currently live on facebook) that allows students to read different articles on GP hot topics such as politics, science and technology, family and work, etc.
The articles will be related to a question in the Ten Year Series (TYS) and users are then given different viewpoints regarding the issue. The best part is they get to leave their own opinions (anonymously) and read what other users have written as well.
Fun fact: Nooey the Nerd can tell jokes too! (Although I wouldn’t recommend it) Comedy is definitely a field that won’t be taken over by artificial intelligence any time soon. Somehow, robots just don’t seem to deliver punch lines as well as humans do.
Nooey the Nerd also won People’s Choice Award at the MOE ExCEL Fest where they had set up a booth showcasing their project.
Great job guys!
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