The official group photograph of all Buy Smart competition award recipients taken at Parliament House. Photo Contributed
The official group photograph of all Buy Smart competition award recipients taken at Parliament House. Photo Contributed Contributed

High schoolers get savvy with award

STUDENTS from Bundaberg State High School have been awarded first place in the Years 7-9 category of the Office of Fair Trading's Buy Smart Competition, which recognises and rewards young consumers across the state.

The Buy Smart Competition encourages students to identify and research financial and marketplace topics and create innovative ways to educate their peers on the findings.

Year 9 students Maddison Head and Renni Dwyer were today presented with the award by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath at a ceremony at Parliament House.

Bundaberg State High School teacher Casey Faulkner said Maddison and Renni created an app-style computer activity designed to raise awareness of a range of phone-related scams, including telemarketing scams, SMS and app scams.

"The application is created in PowerPoint, using the hyperlink function to move through slides which act as different parts of the application," she said.

"The application is interactive, with information and quizzes all directed to their teenage target audience."

"They also recorded a role play phone conversation, one acting as a scammer and one as the victim which they embedded in the PowerPoint. The school is looking at turning the PowerPoint prototype into a fully functioning app available to download onto smartphones."

Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson attended the award ceremony to congratulate the Bundaberg State High School students on their achievement.

"It's great to see students taking an early interest in the kinds of consumer issues that we all face in our day-to-day lives," Ms Donaldson said.

"Everyone who entered the competition, and particularly those from Bundaberg State High School, can be proud of their achievements in furthering these important life skills."

Entries for the 2015 competition included large models, gift bags, interactive games and videos, plus more.

Students and schools who were recognised at the ceremony won a share in more than $11,000 in cash prizes.



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