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High school student boosts school spirit with campus ID

A senior at Westlake High School in the Los Angeles area, has created a new solution called SwipeID, a device that enables students to accrue points by attending school events.

SwipeID is a points-based reward system made by students for students. The solution is designed to increase student engagement at school, boost attendance at school events, improve student academic performance and increase the overall school spirit.

Students check into events and earn points that can be exchanged for prizes, including pizza parties as well as raffles for an iPad, iPod or gift certificates. More points are awarded for less popular events with low attendance.

By integrating a bar code tracking software with existing school software, SwipeID effectively tracks and rewards student attendance and performance in three easy steps:

  1. Students swipe their IDs at any school event or in recognition of academic improvement.
  2. Students earn points for each swipe, accumulated onto their accounts.
  3. Students receive updates on their point balances, and are rewarded with prizes and incentives.

According to the Thousand Oaks Acorn, the solution leverages the students’ existing ID card accounts and the credentials’ accompanying barcodes. The barcodes are then read by scanners at the school’s gym, stadium and theater to log student attendance at dances and sporting events.

A student-run organization, SwipeID is a result of the Junior Achievement Company Program. The start up has been so successful that it recently swept the Southern California Regional awards for the business concept.

Eleven high schools competed for five awards – best presentation, best trade show, best financial statements, best product and best company. SwipeID won three of the five, including best company.

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