A team of students have been announced as one of the finalists for the national Apps for Good Awards.

The 15-year-old students from The Elstree UTC, in Borehamwood, created an app idea Rocket Code! which made it to the finals in the Information category of the awards.

The team spent months working on the app which is a space adventure game where the user must learn to code in order to advance.

David Zerafa, head of computer science, said: “I am highly impressed by the ongoing hard work and dedication from the Rocket Code! team.

“Their app is accessible, well designed and full of potential.”

The students were selected from hundreds of applicants from across the UK and the team will now pitch their app idea to a panel of industry leaders at the Apps for Good Awards on June 20.

Chris Mitchell, head teacher, said: “I am immensely proud that Rocket Code! has been selected as a finalist of Apps for Good 2016.

“This project perfectly reflects Elstree UTC’s ethos – to combine academic rigour, creative artistry, cultural competence and technical awareness with industry-relevant experience through our partners and trustees.”

Now in its fifth year, the awards recognise and celebrate young entrepreneurs.

The Rocket Code! team are now down to the final three and competing against two other teams in their category in the hope that their app can be the one that is brought to life in 2017.

Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good, said: “Massive congratulations to Rocket Code! for becoming a finalist in this year’s Apps for Good Awards.

“The calibre of apps submitted from across the country was, once again, phenomenal and proves we have a generation of very bright young digital makers, bursting with ideas and ready to thrive in a tech driven future.”