12 Wednesday July 18 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi News Mobile tech shows Lincoln kids how their guts work • By Emily O’Connell LINCOLN children are being taught about what’s inside their gut through a new mobile app. The app uses augmented reality to bring the microbes that live in the gut to life for primary school children. Lincoln’s Nathan Martin from Moving Pixel Ltd, teamed up with professor Gerald Tannock from the University Nathan Martin of Otago and Maggle Creative’s Mitch Duncan to create The Heroes of your Gut augmented reality experience. Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world via the camera on a mobile device. Prof Tannock, who commissioned the project, wanted to get eight to 12-year-olds enthusiastic about microbes. “There are 20 trillion microbes living in our bodies – that’s at least as many as there are cells. These organisms are fascinating and so important to our health. But it was a real PROJECT: Lincoln Primary School children learn about the gut using an augmented reality app. challenge to teach such a complex concept to children and inspire them to learn more,” he said. By downloading the free app Scope X to a mobile device and using it to view a printed sheet, users can see stories and activities about common microbes that reside in the gut and see them interact as characters. Lincoln Primary School pupils were the first to test out the new app. Mr Martin visited the school to see how the children reacted to the technology. “They were super stoked . . . there’s also a hidden experience that the kids find and basically what it is is on the flip-side of this character if you push the buttocks a fart comes out,” he said. Prof Tannock hopes schools across the country make the most of the resource. “I didn’t really know what AR was, or how it could help teach about microbiota . . . now I can see its educational potential,” he said. •To get the app, visit www. otago.ac.nz/microbiome/ outreach/otago690792.html and follow the instructions SPORTS SELWYN TIMES Pupils on stage at West Melton Elli, Daisy and Jasmine performed at West Melton School’s Grandparents Day. The school’s current inquiry theme is “connections build relationships” which was reflected during the special day. The school continued its fundraising towards eradicating child labour at morning tea with pupils buying slime, brownies, spiders and other goodies. The day was finished off with a visit from Mr Jump Jam, Brett Fairweather, who got the whole school moving and grooving. Need a better way to get your message out? Talk to us, we can help. • Creative Design • Photography/Videography • Website/Social Media Jarryd Adams 03 364 7432 firstname.lastname@example.org Creative Services WINTER HEAT PUMP Combine a Ducted Central Heat Pump System with Fresh Air Ventilation for the Ultimate in Comfort. The Lossnay Fresh Air Ventilation System recovers energy from outgoing stale air to pre-heat (or cool) incoming filtered fresh air. Combined with energy efficient, whisper quiet and unobtrusive ducted whole home heating and cooling - you will experience a more comfortable, drier and healthier home... all year round. a Fridge! Purchase any Mitsubishi Electric Heat Pump before 31st August 2018 and go into the draw to win a Mitsubishi Electric Multi Drawer CX Designer Fridge! * *Includes basic installation only, conditions apply. Special ends 31 August 2018. 0800 324 678 www.dcis.co.nz $12,999 * 11.2kW Ducted Bundle VL-220CZGV-E and PEAD-RP100JAA $13,999 * 14kW Ducted Bundle VL-220CZGV-E and PEAD-RP125JAA $14,599 * 16kW Ducted Bundle VL-220CZGV-E and PEAD-RP140JAA HEAT PUMPS • AIR CONDITIONING • ELECTRICAL
SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 18 2018 13 Mayor opens new Springfield classroom CEREMONY: Mayor Sam Broughton cutting the ribbon to open Springfield School’s new multipurpose room with the school’s oldest pupil Josh Henderson (left) and youngest, Targ Armstrong. PHOTOS: CLAIRE NEWELL SPACE: Springfield School’s new multi-purpose room includes a kitchen area and large break-out space for activities. SPRINGFIELD SCHOOL has opened its new multi-purpose room. Invited guests, pupils, teachers and parents gathered to celebrate the new addition to the school. Mayor Sam Broughton officially opened the new building, cutting the ribbon with help from the youngest and oldest pupils at the school. Principal Judith Beales said the school has been looking forward to having the extra space and facilities. “It provides us with a muchneeded kitchen area for cooking and a large break-out space for all sorts of activities,” she said. Each member of the senior class spoke about how pupils will benefit from the new room. Planning for the room started four years ago with a Malvern apron fundraiser. Since then, there has been a large effort behind the scenes by parents and the board of trustees to fundraise, find a suitable building, relocate it and then refurbish the room on-site. The school would like to thank Fiona Davidson for leading the fundraising and grant writing, as well as Pam and Pete Aldersley for managing the relocation and refurbishment of the building. “We’ve sold around 2500 aprons . . . special thanks must go to Rosalie Mason at Mason’s Drapery who has sold countless aprons and tea towels on behalf of our school,” Mrs Davidson said. The school would also like to thank the Rata Foundation, CERT and the Four Winds Foundation for making grants towards the project. Jumping success for Prebbleton Prebbleton School pupils took home several awards at the Strictly Live jump jam competition finals at Rolleston College. The school entered five teams into the competition and each scooped up a prize. The year 1-4 team Blame it on the Boogie won its category and the year 4-8 team Can’t Stop the Feeling were third. The year 4-8 team Give it Up were eighth, the year 6-8 team Shake it Off were fourth and another year 6-8 team, Don’t Stop the Party, finished fifth.
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