Tack­les trauma

Midland Reporter - - News -

“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.

Picture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471609

Blake Smith (8) from May­lands Peninsula Pri­mary School tries out the aug­mented re­al­ity fea­ture.

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