Young students have bright ideas

Young students have bright ideas

Tuesday 29 November

Taking their invention to the east coast, two creative St Hilda’s Year 6 students presented their clever creation to a panel of experts at the weekend.

After months of work Carys Kinnell and Elana Godfrey won the Year 5/6 category of the WA Young ICT Explorers Competition with their Boom Barrier invention, which aims to reduce traffic accidents on our roads.

Winners from each state headed to Sydney to present their work for the National ICT Explorers Competition.

Students were tasked with creating a technology-related project of their choice, using their knowledge of information and communication technology.

On each traffic light there is a boom barrier that is slowly lowered on an amber light, ensuring that when the light is red no cars can pass. Once the light turns green, the barrier lifts to allow cars to pass through.

“I am very proud of Elana and Carys and their STEAM journey this year,” St Hilda’s Year 6 teacher Karen Donnelly said.

“They have identified a serious problem on our roads and have designed an excellent solution using a wide range of technology skills.  I look forward to hearing how they pitch their project to the judges.”

At the start of September, the creators of the D.A.F.T, a moving shelf for disabled people; the Automatic Cat Toy, a cat toy to entertain pets while their owners are at work; the Boom Barrier, a traffic light system with boom barriers to reduce accidents on the road; and the Walker, a walking cane with sensor for visually impaired people, showed off their creations to the experts.

“The whole experience has been a fantastic team effort with lots of people involved,” resident scientist Sheree Pudney said.

“The girls have seen how people with different skills can all come together to achieve wonderful results.”

This year the Young ICT Explorers competition grew from 800 participants to 1600 participants, with events held across Australia. The Young ICT Explorers competition aims to begin lifelong digital literacy in students.

“Fitting the project into a suitcase for the journey has provided the girls with some additional technology challenges!” Mrs Donnelly said.