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Pearcey Awards

Release Date: 03-Nov-2016 | Go Back

Roseville College Year 6 students, Madeleine Jury and Chloe Morris, have the distinction of presenting at the prestigious NSW Pearcey Awards, to recognise Australia's ICT entrepreneurs, before they become teenagers.

The two Year 6 students presented at the annual Pearcey Awards on 18 October at NSW Parliament House and said the experience has completely transformed their view of technology.

Madeleine, whose sister has a disability that affects her physical ability, says she and Chloe entered the SAP Young ICT awards as an opportunity to bring to life her idea of creating a sensory playground suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Appropriately, they named their concept the Fun for Everyone Sensory Playground.

"At the Pearcey Awards, we presented two of our ideas: musical monkey bars that are activated by touch and a sensory tunnel with pressure sensors in the ground that trigger lights and sounds," explains Chloe, who says she is encouraged by people's excitement about their idea.

Madeleine agrees, emphasising that both girls have now found a passion for pursuing STEM careers after school.

"The opportunities we have had through school and the Pearcey Foundation have inspired us to keep learning about technology. We both, definitely, want to do something in this area for our careers," Madeleine says. "To begin, technology can seem a bit scary. However, through application and learning from experienced people, we now understand that technology is just a tool we can use to create all sorts of solutions to challenges and bring lever ideas into reality."

At the Awards, they also met industry leaders including the NSW Minister for Innovation, Hon Victor Dominello and entrepreneur Jo Burston, founder of Rare Birds (www.inspiringrarebirds.com). For more about the Pearcey Foundation, which organises the awards program and aims to elevate Australia's Information and Communications Technology (ICT), please visit pearcey.org.au

Photo: Roseville college Year 6 students with the ICT invention that they presented at the 2016 Pearcey Awards at NSW Parliament House recently.

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