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The Seminar on “Visualizing Physical Activity through 3D printing to get children moving more and sitting less.” facilitated by Sam Crossley of Swansea University South Wales, UK on Tuesday 6 th June 2017 has been deemed a major success according to all attendees including Curriculum Officer for Physical Education and Sports at CAMDU, Dr. Veneta Lesporis and School Sports Coordinator, Mrs. Isabel Alexander-Marquis.
They were among students of St. Mary’s College, staff of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and other sporting officials who listened attentively to the presentation on the scope of the research, its findings and implications for further analysis and intervention.
The research procedure utilized activity belts to record moderate and vigorous physical activity in subjects on a daily basis for a period of three months.
The data from the belts was then downloaded into a 3D Printer which produced a tangible 3D model. The models included bar graphs, animal shapes and other subject approved symbols which were adorned by the students to display their activity levels over a specific period.
Mr. Crossley explained that this initiative has great potential in motivating students to get active as well as increase their awareness of the importance of physical activity.
Questions following the presentation included gender inquiry, cultural significance of the research and feasibility for conducting similar exercises in the Caribbean Region. Vice Principal of SALCC, Dr. Merle St Clair-Auguste, highlighted the needfor the College to collaborate with more agencies to assist with the developmental needs of the country and praised the Office of the Governor General for initiating the seminar.