The Perse School

Perse pupil takes plaudits for creating innovative Cambridge Blue Plaques website

28 Feb 2018

Christopher Teo (Year 10) has been recognised for his efforts in creating a website and app highlighting notable people and events of historical interest in Cambridge.

A keen programmer, Christopher began building the website three years ago after being challenged to test his coding skills by one of his computer science teachers.

Working with the Cambridge Blue Plaque Committee, he has put together a database of blue plaques featured at landmarks around the city which are associated with people and events that have made a major impact on life in Cambridge or the wider world. The website and app provide in-depth information about them and map their respective locations in Cambridge.

People and events featured among the blue plaques include Dr Stephen Perse, founder of The Perse School,  Alan Turing the World War II code breaker and Francis Crick and James Watson, who discovered DNA.

Christopher received a special certificate of appreciation for his efforts from Mayor of Cambridge Cllr George Pippas in a ceremony at the Guildhall.

He said: “The project was very enjoyable as it was the first time I’d worked with somebody to come up with an idea and talk about how it would work, so designing the website was fun and the end result was very pleasing.

“I was very proud to be recognised and it was really nice to have done this for the community. It’s the first time I’ve done something as big as this that would actually be used by people. I got a real feeling of accomplishment and it was a great experience.”

Listen to Christopher talking more about the project:

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