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Study to look at
impact of fatigue
How do sleep and stress affect your
Young Canberra drivers can now
find out as part of a joint study
between the University of Canberra
and the Queensland University of
Technology’s Centre for Accident
Research and Road Safety (CARRS-
Lead researcher Kalina Rossa is
seeking 100 drivers aged 18 to 25 to
take part in the study, which will track
their driving performance, map their
travel and monitor their sleep and
stress over seven days to identify the
impact of fatigue on safe driving.
Ms Rossa said the study would
monitor the stress and performance of
young drivers with personal heart-rate
monitors, accelerometers fitted to their
vehicles, and GPS units mapping their
travel distance and times.
Anyone interested in taking part is
invited to contact
Festival first for rising film makers
Narrabundah College media students Maithri Senanayake, Julian Soderbaum and Eli Long.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
Year 12 Narrabundah College media
students are celebrating their success
after receiving two runner-up awards
and winning the Interactive Media
category at the 2015 STUFFit film
The festival, which began in 2011,
receives entries from high school
students from every state and territory.
Winners and runner-up for each
category receive pieces of film
equipment as part of their prize.
Creators of Runny Eggs, Elijah
Long, Maithri Senananyake, Julian
Soderbaum and Cody Hubert, said
winning with their 8-bit style game
came as a huge surprise.
The four self-confessed ‘gamers’
spent months tirelessly coding to
develop their project.
‘‘We play games together so we
thought why not make games
together?’’ Julian said.
The challenge of the ‘endless
runner’ style game is to stay alive long
enough to reach a top score.
‘‘You are an egg called Egbert
running away from a frying pan that
wants to fry you,’’ Elijah said.
‘‘You have to run over kitchen
utensils and things like that to stay in
the game to get the highest score
As their project relied on PC-based
programming, the students said time at
school was used to troubleshoot and
‘‘There are so many issues you can
run into in the process,’’ Maithri said.
‘‘Doing this has given us all an
appreciation of what it takes to make a
Media teacher Amelia Ghiradello
said it was fantastic to see the students’
success in the first year that the school
entered projects into the Interactive
‘‘We are probably one of the only
colleges in Canberra that does this
unit,’’ she said.
Students worked to their strengths
and used mediums and software they
were most comfortable with.
Coding was used to create the
winning project Runny Eggs, however
Vanessa Bray, Charles Buxton-Leslie,
Benjamin Ling and Matthew Ong used
film to create How to Be Cool in
School a ‘follow your own journey’
sequence of YouTube clips which won
a runner-up prize.
Nyssa Mitchell, Glynis Stokes and
Melia Wenger submitted their
suspenseful TV series pilot Te n which
was named runner-up of the Senior
Live Film category.
The trio behind Te n are all interested
in pursuing film careers.
“Having our work recognised like
this is an indication that maybe we
have what it takes to go to that next
level and make something out of our
passion,” Nyssa said.
Rollout scheduled to reach 81,000 households across region
Around 81,000 Canberra and
Queanbeyan homes are a step closer to
having national broadband network
access with a raft of suburbs
announced to have construction on the
broadband network commence by next
The figure was given by nbn
(formerly NBN Co) last week as part
of a new three-year plan for its
national roll out.
Once the construction is completed,
it will bring the number of Canberra
homes with NBN access to around
About 60 ACT suburbs were named
in the latest construction roll out,
broken down into ‘‘regions’’ of
Bonner, Civic, Deakin, Kambah and
Scullin, and another 10 "regions" in
nbn construction on an additional
4500 homes in the Queanbeyan and
Jerrabomberra areas will begin in
February next year.
The nbn wants to start or complete
internet upgrades for 9.5 million
homes and businesses across the
country by the end of 2018 that could
force a future Labor government to
complete the Coalition’s version.
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