Two inventive classes from Murray Bridge High School won first-place trophies for both Student categories at the state iAwards last Thursday, earning them a spot in the national finals in Melbourne later in the year.
The Senior team won with their ‘ImagineAR’ augmented reality drawing, tracing and modelling tool kit and the Junior team brought home a trophy with their anti-bullying video game ‘Life in High School’.
The win is the third-in-a-row for the Murray Bridge students in the Senior category, while being the Junior’s maiden trophy after coming in runners-up at last years’ competition.
The iAwards are innovation awards presented by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to recongise the best innovation in South Australia.
The Senior group said their ‘ImagineAR’ project came about through a brainstorming process where other ideas included expanding on last year’s winning product to create a virtual reality museum were discussed.
The goal was to create something multipurpose and easy to use, and John De Leon said the project is aimed at all ages.
“Who it’s aimed at really depends on the difficulty of the project. It helps to refine fine motor skills and help people learn to draw, trace, write and model,” he said.
The Junior group wanted to help young people in need, Kade Smith said.
“We wanted to send a message about one of the biggest issues faced by youths today, and that is bullying,” he said.
The game shows the consequences of bullying, while also demonstrating how to deal with bullies and how to help people who are being harassed.
Information and Digital Technologies Teacher Lochlann Dwyer said the students collaborated more than in previous years.
Both groups of students will head to the National iAwards finals in late August after spending even more time refining their projects, Innovation, Teaching and Learning leader Steven Barlcay said.
“I think both groups have done very well just to get here, so we’ll see how Melbourne goes next,” he said.