“Compared to adults, children are more at risk of injury on the roads due to a range of developmental, environmental and physical factors,” Mr Gribble said.
“Schools are doing a great job at teaching the theory of road safety but we identified a gap in road safety education for practical application, particularly for younger children.”
Perth’s new safety school is not just Australia’s latest and best, it is unique in its technology.
Much like Pokemon Go, augmented reality software allows children to use mobile devices to blend virtual objects with the actual surrounds to create live, but safe learning experiences.
“What we aim with the school is to make kids aware of the risks with using a shareduse environment, whether that be with cyclists, cars, buses or trains,” Mr Gribble said.
“With sponsors such as DM Roads and Arc infrastructure, (formerly Brookfield Rail), our model town simulates real life with traffic lights that change when you go up to them and railway crossing with working boom gates.”
More than 20,000 children are expected to take part in structured learning programs each year, with up to 150 children visiting each day to soak up the safety experience. Blake Smith (8) from Maylands Peninsula Primary School tries out the augmented reality feature.