Argyll and Bute Council news round-up - 8 March 2019

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National Apps for Good hat-trick for Dunoon Grammar pupils

A group of pupils from Dunoon Grammar have scooped the top prize in a national competition for the third year running.

The business and computing pupils beat off stiff competition from across Scotland when they won the Apps for Good Scotland event again, with a further two teams from Dunoon Grammar also sharing third prize.

This is the third time running that pupils from the school have claimed the top prize at the event, which attracts industry experts from across the UK to visit and vote for their favourite ideas.

Apps for Good is a scheme that aims to build a global generation of problem solvers and works in partnership with schools and learning centres to deliver courses to young people aged between eight and 18 years old. Pupils work in teams to find issues they care about and think about how they can solve them.

At the event in Edinburgh, over 20 teams pitched their app ideas to visiting experts. The Dunoon pupils and staff were delighted to hear that, not only had they won the top prize, but two teams had also tied for third place.

The winning idea was 'Carbon Kicker', a machine learning solution that helps to assess and reduce the user’s carbon footprint. The team, consisting of S3 pupils Caleb MacLeod, Kameron Smith, Theo Wheatley and Tommi McGunnigal designed and coded a working prototype of their idea that visitors to the event could experience.

Third prize was shared by S1 pupils Eilidh Mitchell, Brooke McDonald and Stephanie Laidlaw for their design of ‘Frosty’ - a device that defrosts car windscreens automatically - and ‘Paws and Relax’ – a creation which allows users to identify the perfect pet to fit their needs and lifestyle. This was designed by S3 pupils Toby Bedding-Stark, Ben Lauder, Joshua Dominick and Ryan Stewart.

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Council Leader welcomes town centre funding: The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council has welcomed the announcement that Argyll and Bute is to benefit from an allocation of £1,242,000 from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund.

Carers gave Roslyn peace of mind: Our #proud to care campaign highlights the difference that a career in the care sector can make to people’s lives.

Rothesay Winter Gardens Discovery Centre re-opens: The Winter Gardens Discovery Centre in Rothesay has reopened following over £500,000 worth of renovation works.

Gaelic Gathering hailed a great success: The second Argyll Gaelic Gathering took place at Corran Halls in Oban on Saturday (March 2).

Hermitage ‘Hermibots’ qualify for UK robotics final: A talented team of pupils from Hermitage Academy have made it through to the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

New strategy to meet government waste ban: Argyll and Bute Council will soon begin consultation on a new waste strategy it is developing to meet a new government ban on Biodegradable Municipal Waste (BMW) going to landfill which comes into operation in 2021.

£500,000 boost for small business growth: Efforts to help accelerate the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Argyll and Bute are to be boosted by additional funding of almost £500,000.

Economic development strategy sets our plan to grow population: Councillors have approved a draft Economic Development Strategy for Argyll and Bute that focusses on infrastructure, attracting new residents and supporting key sectors such as tourism and marine industry.

Council thanks community for sharing flood experience: Argyll and Bute Council is undertaking a flood study in Oban based on mitigating flooding up to a one in 200 year return period flood event.

Joint contract for Helensburgh and Lomond waste disposal: Argyll and Bute Council will join forces with neighbouring local authorities in Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire to issue a tender to procure residual waste disposal services to cover the Helensburgh and Lomond area.




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We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 15 March 2019. The next issue will be in a new format and from a new email address. Please look out for the new version.