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Picture this: living images inspire pupils to explore technology career

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 26, 2012

  • Pupils at St Ives in their augmented reality corridor

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DISPLAYS in school corridors often look much the same year after year.

Not so for one corner of St Ives School, where the static pictures come alive with the help of a tablet computer or smartphone.

Year 9 pupils have been working with Superfast Cornwall on a project designed to open their eyes to careers in the IT and creative industries in Cornwall.

Together with local creative companies they have come up with the "augmented reality corridor" and an interactive book of their designs.

Head David Harris said: "It helps the students to realise there are more than just the sort of tourist holiday jobs that dominate the industry here, and actually you can make a very good living down here if you make the most of the technology that's around us."

The 17 pupils involved in the scheme were all presented with a book and certificate at the official opening ceremony for the project on Wednesday.

Each chose or designed an image, which comes alive with an animation when a smartphone or tablet is scanned over it using the augmented reality application Aurasma.

Superfast Cornwall, St Ives architects Poyton Bradbury Wynter Cole, Penzance's Three S Films and Truro creative agency Creative Edge all worked with the school on the project.

Superfast's programme manager Julian Cowans said: "The kids have been absolutely engaged in this and have produced some amazing work."

By working closely with local businesses and the community, he said, Superfast Cornwall hoped to raise awareness of the opportunities superfast broadband could offer and it was hoping to roll the Aurasma project out across Cornish schools.

"A lot of kids in Cornwall wouldn't even think that there's this whole different industry out there that they can go and work in."

To find out more about Superfast Cornwall, go to www.superfastcornwall.org

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