Fu­ture trans­port win for stu­dents

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

The fu­ture of New Zealand’s trans­port sure will be in­ter­est­ing if an award win­ning Pu­taruru Col­lege video is any­thing to go by.

A group of 12 Year 9 film stu­dents from the col­lege have won the Best Nar­ra­tive Years 7-10 cat­e­gory in the New Zealand Trans­port Agency’s Fu­ture Trans­port Com­pe­ti­tion 2017.

The com­pe­ti­tion was open to stu­dents through­out the coun­try who had the op­por­tu­nity to make games and nar­ra­tives around the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties they see in fu­ture trans­port.

The col­lege’s video, Hay­den’s Big Ad­ven­ture, looked at how to tackle the is­sue of New Zealand’s high rate of deaths in road crashes.

‘‘We fo­cused it around self driv­ing cars and the pos­si­bil­i­ties of it,’’ stu­dent An­thony Cole said.

The stu­dents also came up with the unique idea of hav­ing an ex­pand­able bus.

‘‘We wanted to do a bus that was one size but if more peo­ple wanted to get on it would ex­pand,’’ stu­dent Freya Mcevoy said.

The stu­dents said they had fun ex­per­i­ment­ing with the mak­ing of the video, which in­cluded the use of Lego, act­ing, cre­at­ing cos­tumes, an in­ter­view with po­lice, a green screen, and pre­sent­ing their ideas to younger stu­dents.

The stu­dents won $4000 worth of Noel Leem­ing’s vouch­ers.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

The Pu­taruru Col­lege Year 9 New Zealand Trans­port Agency award win­ning film stu­dents.

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