Ilford pupils create period app to tackle ‘taboo’
PUBLISHED: 13:21 20 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:21 20 July 2016
Students from an all-girls school say they wanted to confront embarrassment about periods, after creating a countdown monitor for menstrual cycles.
The three girls, from Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford, took part in the Faraday Challenge, organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Jack Petchey Foundation.
Year 7 girls Naseera Parkhetiya, Shanaya Rawat and Shazia Earally were praised for their confidence after creating the app, called Code Red: Not a Taboo for You.
They were given the task of creating a product of their choice using a BBC micro:bit, a handheld computer coding device.
Shazia, 12, said she wanted to help other girls avoid embarrassment.
She said: “Periods are not fun.
“You’re generally annoyed at the world and accidents can happen.
“This can be very embarrassing.
“Our Code Red micro:bit tracks your menstrual cycle and will let you know when you are going to start the first day of your period.
“It enables you to know the day of your cycle and helps you to be prepared.
“It may also explain where you are feeling upset with the world.”
The challenge on Monday saw 29 schools take part in the competition.
The students received an award for creativity after impressed judges said they had pushed the boundaries with confidence.
Shanaya, 12, said the team chose the idea as it would be useful for all ages.
She said: “The device is a simple helpful piece of equipment that every women will need in a point in her life.”
In their concluding remarks, the judges described the idea as very innovative.
They said: “It has been said that good decision making is the cornerstone of confidence, but having the courage to carry that through certainly caught the eye of the judges.
“The winners delivered a mature approach and innovatively pushed the boundaries very comfortably in their presentation on a taboo subject.”
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