AUGMENTED REALITY IPHONE APP GETS KIDS OUTSIDE AND GROWING THEIR OWN FOOD
On World Planting Day (22 October), hundreds of schools around the country will be encouraging primary and secondary school kids to plant their own seeds. However these new ‘smart seeds’ are different – they allow dirtgirl, an international kids TV character, to appear in your garden, through augmented reality, and teach kids how to plant, grow and prepare their own food.
In a world where kids think cotton comes from an animal and yoghurt grows on trees, kids are losing touch with where real food comes from. The creators of dirtgirlworld, the hit international kids’ TV program with a green thumb, have developed a new iPhone app designed to use the latest technology for good – to get kids outside and growing their own food.
The dirtgirlworld app is free to download and allows kids and parents to interact with the star of the show, a virtual dirtgirl, who appears in your garden through your iPhone camera screen. By pointing the iPhone or iPad camera at special markers found within the packets of lettuce, tomato and sunflower seeds, dirtgirl will pop up and become your garden companion.
Gardens take time to grow and dirtgirl will be there every step of the way, reminding you when to water your growing plant and encouraging you with goodies, badges and recipes to make once your plants are ready.
Cate McQuillen, creator of dirtgirlworld said, “The dirtgirlworld growing app is a great way to get kids and their big people outside, learning and playing together. Most young kids already know how to use an iPhone and iPad better than us, but it doesn’t get them off the couch. The dirtgirlworld app gives them an excuse to get outside,get grubby and have fun growing their own food.” The app can be downloaded for free at: www.dirtgirlworld.com or go to iTunes and search for ‘dirtgirlworld‘