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Cheap, popular and it works: Ireland's contact-tracing app success
Irish-made app has more than 1.3m downloads, in stark contrast to the UK’s efforts. A government minister once compared Ireland’s health care system to Angola – a political minefield of dysfunction, bureaucracy, waste and inefficiency. The nickname stuck. Yet this morass has just produced a shiny success: a Covid-19 contact-tracing app that is popular and appears to work. Since launching on 6 July, the Covid Tracker app was downloaded 1.3m times in eight days – the fastest-downloaded app...
The Wonder Project – Getting kiwi kids excited about STEM
Rocket Challenge Year 5–8 Term 2 2020 Over 6–8 weeks in Term 2, students work with their teacher and Wonder Project Ambassador to design, build, and launch their very own water rocket. The programme has been designed to align with Level 4 of the teaching curriculum. That’s one small step for a student, one giant leap for New Zealand’s STEM industry.
Summer break a chance to help people with autism
A student venture developing virtual reality technology to help people with autism has received funding to bring the concept to life over summer. Socius hopes to create specialist simulations for VR headsets to help people with autism better navigate social and professional situations.
Hot water hoggers left high and dry thanks to water cancelling app
With four people in Christchurch teenager Adam Smith's household all fighting for a spot in the shower every morning, it wasn't unusual for things to get heated. To solve his problem, the 17-year-old invented an app allowing his parents to shut off the water after a set period of time, essentially forcing whoever was in the bathroom to get out. The award-winning and water-saving idea won the Overall Best Male Award at the annual Skills Bright Sparks competition on Thursday.
Never miss a beat · Plant & Food Research
The traditional way of trapping and counting invasive insects gets old really fast. Biosecurity Research Associate Taylor Welsh has engineered a trapping system that uses the optical beam break technology to accurate identify insects by wing beats. Learn more about this with another new Lincoln-based host Rebecca Bloomer.
Find-A-Pest prototype one release
The app that’s designed to help every day kiwis protect our native flora and fauna has had its first prototype released. Find-A-Pest can be downloaded onto mobile devices and allows the user to take a photo of anything suspicious (weeds, insects, diseases etc), then send it to authorities. Project lead Scion’s Dr Steve Pawson says the alert goes through in real-time, so the right people get a heads-up straight away and can do something about it.