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Winning Schools Sketch Vision For Future: UFB Amazing Ideas

Winning Schools Sketch Vision For The Future With UFB Amazing Ideas

Thursday, November 1, 2012: The winners of Telecom’s inaugural ‘Amazing Ideas Search’ have been chosen after judges assessed hundreds of amazing ideas from Kiwi kids across the country on how Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) can enhance our lives.

Each winner has earned $2,000 for their school although in some cases, schools have multiple winners.

The winning entries included ideas such as virtual training for professional athletes; innovative health assessments for patients living in rural areas; online environmental analysis options and recommendations on how to boost the economy by using UFB to make New Zealand a website hosting hub.

Bay of Plenty’s Katikati College had three winners Noor Al-Shamma, 11; Tyler Davidson, 12; Lucy Douglas, 13 and Southland Girls High School in Invercargill had two groups from the special ‘Minds Alive’ class – a class that examines a range of global issues from a variety of perspectives.

Zoe McClure 13 from Craighead Diocesan School in Timaru impressed judges with her entry ‘Our Amazing Future’, as did 15 year old Tauranga Boys College student Jared Prescott whose idea had an education focus.

Christchurch generated two winners. Room five from Redcliffs School and Bethany Watson from Ouruhia Model School.

Both students and teachers loved the competition saying it provided schools with a challenge that fitted well with their curriculum. “I was inspired by the endless possibilities UFB could bring. I wanted to create something to help health and science,” says winner Lucy Douglas of Katikati College.

New Zealand is now past its first year of a nine year $1.3billion rollout of UFB so the timing of the competition was perfect says Chris Quin, CEO Retail at Telecom.

“The roll out of UFB is a massive opportunity for our country and what better way to imagine the possibilities fibre offers than through the eyes of children, our next generation.

“Our judges were really impressed by the energy and creativity the entrants displayed. It’s also really encouraging to see such incredible innovation from such young people.”

Telecom kicked off the Amazing Ideas Search in term three and called on primary, intermediate and secondary pupils to develop ideas that could reshape the way we live, work, learn and play. All entries were required to have UFB at their core.

The judges, including leading educational expert Dr. John Langley, were particularly impressed by the scope and application of the pupils’ ideas.

“The entries reinforced my view that today’s young people are operating under a different set of assumptions and paradigms than previous generations – they’re also adopting technology faster than previous generations. It’s an exciting time and I was very much reassured that our fibre future is in good hands thanks to Telecom and Kiwi kids.”

Mandatory photo credit - Credit: Photosport.co.nz

Piri Weepu (All Black and Amazing Ideas Search Ambassador) presenting a cheque of $6,000 to Lucy Douglas, Noor Al-Shamma and Tyler Davidson on behalf of Katikati College.


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