Ju­nior Ein­stein gets hot spot on TV show

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

Show us an in­ge­nious in­ven­tion and you could be on tele­vi­sion.

That was the chal­lenge to a class of year 5 stu­dents from Dioce­san School for Girls.

The stu­dent who de­signed the best in­ven­tion us­ing the Let’s Get In­ventin’ ap­pli­ca­tion for iPads would get to try out her idea on an episode of the tele­vi­sion pro­gramme of the same name.

The stu­dents not only had to come up with a creative way of us­ing re­new­able re­sources but they also had to per­form a screen test to demon­strate their con­fi­dence in front of the cam­era.

The iPad ap­pli­ca­tion has two di­als which users turn; one has var­i­ous ob­jects and the other sug­gests dif­fer­ent ways to power them.

Phebe Ma­son was sur­prised her in­ven­tion was cho­sen.

She came up with the idea of us­ing peo­ple to power a mall es­ca­la­tor by har­ness­ing the en­ergy pro­duced when they run.

‘‘It doesn’t use elec­tric­ity but peo­ple will want to run be­cause it will help them get fit,’’ she says.

‘‘There are a lot of great kids in the class who pre­sented well but Phebe had the X fac­tor,’’ Let’s Get In­ventin’ pro­ducer Luke Nolan says.

Be­com­ing a theatre ac­tress is Phebe’s ul­ti­mate goal. She’s been a mem­ber of The National Youth Theatre Com­pany for two years.

The episode will be filmed on May 18.

It has been de­cided that the school’s ath­letes will use sta­tion­ary bi­cy­cles and rowing ma­chines to power the es­ca­la­tor.

‘‘It will prove that the app does pro­duce ideas that are crazy but ac­tu­ally can work,’’ Mr Nolan says.

The other eight episodes of the sea­son will fea­ture stu­dents whose ideas have been se­lected from around New Zealand.

The fi­nal will fea­ture the over­all win­ner and their in­ven­tion will be patented.

An­other of the ap­pli­ca­tion’s themes chal­lenges chil­dren to in­vent a new mu­si­cal in­stru­ment.

The Let’s Get In­ventin’ team is hop­ing to ex­tend this to other sub­jects such as en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to cre­ate new toys or sports.

Dioce­san School for Girls IT teacher Mark Edwards has been in­volved in cre­at­ing the app’s ed­u­ca­tional notes for teach­ers.

The re­sources will pro­vide sup­port and show how the ideas link to the New Zealand cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘To see the two worlds of ed­u­ca­tion and apps com­ing to­gether within a school cul­ture has been re­ally ex­cit­ing and in­ter­est­ing at the same time.’’

Photo: KA­RINA ABADIA

Creative idea:

Dioce­san School for Girls year 5 stu­dent Phebe Ma­son pic­tured with IT teacher Mark Edwards.

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