April 27, 2019
A state-of-the-art mobile teaching tool made a pit stop in east-Windsor.
Students at L.A. Desmarais Catholic School in Forest Glade piled on to Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Smart Wheels RV.
The recreational vehicle houses a program designed for students in grades 4 to 6 to educate them about the harmful risks associated with alcohol, drug use and impaired driving.
Students are immersed in the presentation through a large projector screen, surround sound, individual virtual reality goggles and can interact with the presenter using tablets.
MADD Canada Community Leader Chaouki Hamka couldn’t wait for Smart Wheels to roll through Windsor-Essex.
“This is amazing. From the start, even at the national board level when we began talks about having an RV such as the Smart Wheels in production, my first though was I need to bring this to Windsor,” he says.
He tells AM800 News the presentation really grabs the viewers’ attention.
“When you see that a lot of focus that’s being lost during presentations, but with the virtual reality goggles now and the technology that we have on this bus you can hear a pin drop. That’s how much they’re focused,” says Hamka. “Technology is keeping them on their feet, it’s a conversation starter. This is something they’re not going to forget.”
Hamka says students are never too young to learn about the dangers of driving under the influence.
“Are hope is they’re going to take it with them throughout their younger years, and when they’re legal to drink, hopefully when they look back on this presentation and say, ‘you know what, this is what I learned this many years ago and let me make the best possible choices, the smart choices to get home safe,'” he says.
Teachers are given educational materials leading up to the RV’s visit and to follow up with students after the presentation.
Smart Wheels accommodates up to 32 students at a time.