Scott Helps Make Learning Fun in Hospital
October 8, 2010
By PGA TOUR Staff
BRISBANE, Australia—Students at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane will be the first school children in Australia to use the latest interactive teaching technology in a hospital classroom.
Each year in Brisbane, around 1,500 sick and injured children and their siblings are schooled in the hospital classroom at RCH, with some students attending classes for months at a time.
Royal Children's Hospital Foundation CEO Karenlee Spillane said: “Students are often disengaged when they have long absences from school due to medical procedures, and that is why we’re so pleased that the Adam Scott Foundation offered to donate the latest teaching technology to help us engage with our students in a fun and exciting way.”
Scott, a seven-year PGA TOUR veteran who won the Valero Texas Open earlier this season—his seventh TOUR title—visited the RCH’s Wonder Factory and hospital Oct. 7 and met the children receiving treatment.
“It’s great that we can make a difference during this hard time for sick children and their siblings by making school a bit more fun and exciting; that’s what the Foundation is all about,” Scott said.
The high-tech ActivBoards have recently been installed in five children’s hospitals around the country to bring learning to life by capturing the imagination of students through a range of programs that incorporate movement, audio and whole class interaction.
“On average, children receiving treatment in hospital miss around 44 days of school, so we wanted to help students and teachers by equipping the hospital schools with the best technology available,” Scott added.
Among those benefiting are 12-year-old Grace Griffin, who is currently receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the RCH.
“Our schools across the country help patients like Grace and her siblings have some normality in their lives, especially at a time when there has been so much upheaval to their daily routine,” said Spillane.
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