Clued up kids workshop

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An earthquake simulator, gun safety demonstrations, and first aid scenarios were just some of the situations a group of Maniototo children faced last week at the Clued Up Kids workshop.

About 60 Maniototo Area School pupils attended the workshop, in which they took part in a range of real-life situations set up by community organisations.

Public Health South health Roxburgh, who co-ordinated the event, said year 5 and 6 pupils were chosen as they were at an age when they were becoming more independent.

The pupils were divided into groups of six or seven pupils and rotated to different activities, which included gun safety awareness (run by local police), demonstrations on the power of UV rays (Cancer Society), first aid situations (St John) and dog safety (veterinarians).

Other activities included an earthquake simulator (Civil Defence), a smoke tunnel (fire brigade) and environmental protection (Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme).

Mrs Roxburgh said the hands-on activities were engaging for the pupils and would help them to make good safety decisions in the future.

Feedback from both parents and children had been positive and she hoped to hold more workshops around the region.

“One smart little kid said ‘I thought I knew everything – but now I know much more!’.

“It does empower the kids. It was a real buzz.”

One smart little kid said ‘I thought I knew everything – but now I know much more!’