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SWITCH Junior Web Award honours 12 projects by classes at Swiss schools

SWITCH is today naming the best websites put together by young people in Switzerland. For the eighth year in a row, a jury has scrutinised web projects by classes at primary and secondary schools to gauge how their design and content enhance the user experience. Some 131 projects were judged this year, and the winners' hard work will be rewarded with a lot of recognition and some great prizes.

Published on 22.05.2014

"We've been delighted to see what these young people have created together with their teachers. The projects don't just look like professional websites, they also work just as well. Once again, the competition has shown how quickly young people can learn, develop an interest in and engage with the opportunities offered by the Internet," says SWITCH's Urs Eppenberger. The schools' web projects are impressively diverse, ranging from a music site to a fantasy land and a game. Some offer a service, for example showcasing regional activities, providing information about Switzerland or acting as a news platform.

 

Educational, creative and meticulous efforts singled out 

The winner in the youngest category was a project on Switzerland by the year 6 class PSO-6b at Primarschule Obermeilen. "This site will be a firm fixture in future lessons whenever a class looks at the topic of Switzerland. It succeeds in providing an exciting and varied insight into our country's diversity with a nice touch of irreverence," says head judge Claudio Dionisio. The prize for the most creative web project in the secondary 1 category goes to class 9p3 at Ecole Secondaire, Pully. The website entitled "The Rockers" centres on a song and details the entire creative process in two languages. Class W2a of Fach- und Wirtschaftsmittelschulzentrum Luzern takes the top prize in the secondary 2 category. Its website "Yond Yeti" presents a detailed business case for selling caps and t-shirts. The jury reserved special mention here for the integration of social media. Depending on their place in the ranking, each student receives a tablet, a smartphone or a printer at the awards ceremony in the Kongresshaus Zürich. Adventure days at Samsung, Microsoft and Google are additionally awarded to the winners of the jury, public and programming prizes.

Promoting the next generation of web experts

SWITCH launched this competition to promote young talent back in 2007. The Junior Web Award offers students all over Switzerland an opportunity to create their own website and practice using web technologies through play. SWITCH helps them by supplying information material and easy-to-use content management systems. Next year's competition kicks off in August. Teachers who are interested in entering can sign their class up at www.juniorwebaward.ch. Registration starts on 11 August 2014.

About SWITCH

As a partner of the universities, SWITCH brought the Internet to Switzerland 25 years ago. Today, the non-profit organisation with 100 employees at its headquarters in Zurich develops Internet services for lecturers, researchers and students, as well as for commercial customers. SWITCH stands for security on the Internet.

 

The winners: SWITCH Junior Web Award 2014 rankings:

1st to 3rd place, primary:

1st place: Primarschule Obermeilen, year 6, Meilen
Project title: Swisstick
http://swisstick.juniorwebaward.ch

2nd place: Primarschule Altdorf, Klub Windrose, years 3-6, Altdorf
Project title: Our Country – Rasania
http://ourcountry.juniorwebaward.ch

3rd place: Primarschule Hofstetten, years 4-6, Hofstetten
Project title: A Walk in the Woods
http://waldreise.juniorwebaward.ch
 

1st to 3rd place, secondary 1:

1st place: ES Pully, class 9p3, Pully
Project title: The Rockers of 9P3
http://rock-np3.juniorwebaward.ch 

2nd place: OS Region Murten, class 9A1, Murten
Project title: The Pianist
http://pianist.juniorwebaward.ch

3rd place: OZ Rosenau, class 2sa, Gossau
Project title: Digimedia
http://digimedia.juniorwebaward.ch 

1st to 3rd place, secondary 2: 

1st place: Fach- und Wirtschaftsmittelschulzentrum Luzern, class W2a, Lucerne
Project title: Yond Yeti
http://yondyeti.juniorwebaward.ch

2nd place: Ecole des Métiers Techniques, class INF3, Porrentruy
Project title: Jura Activities
http://juraactivities.juniorwebaward.ch

3rd place: Ecole Ardévaz, class M17-A, Sion
Project title: Street Art
http://street-art.juniorwebaward.ch

Jury prize:

Kantonsschule Trogen, IT diploma class, Trogen
Project title: Senior
http://senior.juniorwebaward.ch

Public prize:

Mädchensekundarschule Kathi, class 1a, Wil
Project title: WWKids
http://worldwidekids.juniorwebaward.ch

Programming prize:

Technical School, class INF3, Porrentruy
Project title: Jura Activities
http://juraactivities.juniorwebaward.ch 

Prizes

All members of the winning classes receive the following:

1st prize, provided courtesy of Microsoft: Windows 8 tablet 
2nd prize, provided courtesy of Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 
3rd prize, provided courtesy of Samsung: SL-C460W multifunction printer 

Public prize for the project that won the public vote, provided courtesy of Microsoft: an adventure day at Microsoft

Jury prize for the best project as voted by the jury, provided courtesy of Samsung: an adventure day at Samsung

Programming prize for the best programmed website, provided courtesy of Google Switzerland: an adventure day at Google Switzerland

Head judge: Claudio Dionisio

Pictures of the award ceremony can be found on stories.switch.ch