The Public Services students were tasked by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) Road Safety Practitioner Lead Jim Green to create a tutorial resource that was both interactive and raised awareness of road safety.
Led by tutor Karen Wood, who is also a HFRS Volunteer, the students have been developing resources that can be used to impact those of their age group.
Mr Green said: “They’re a credit to Highbury College, delivering a fast-paced, interactive road safety session to members of the Hampshire Road Safety Partnership. I was so impressed with the transition from early ideas to a seamless presentation, which tied in a number of activities to leave a lasting message on the audience. Road safety professionals were equally engaged and took away a range of ideas to implement in other initiatives within the partnership.”
The team have worked on the project for four months in partnership with Mr Green and White Watch at Cosham Fire Station.
They gave their first presentation in front of members of the HFRS Community Safety Team, Hampshire Road Safety and Portsmouth City Council Road Safety Team.
The students then had the opportunity to try out a new virtual reality experience tool, which puts the user in a car as a passenger with a distracted driver and the subsequent consequences.
Highbury College Associate Director Teaching & Learning Excellence Sarah Warren said: “We’re extremely proud of the students and what they’ve achieved and look forward to using the resource within the College tutorial programme. They received some excellent feedback on the day and also had the opportunity to use the virtual reality headsets to further raise their awareness of the dangers of drivers being distracted at the wheel by their passengers.”