Seven-year olds are in a race to become the first to climb the new, high-tech elevator, with three of the top five taking up the challenge.
Read moreThe first one, who is eight, climbed up in just over two minutes.
The other seven were in the top three, taking five minutes and 40 seconds.
The new high-speed elevator is one of a number of innovations being tested by the state government to encourage more kids to be active.
The state government has been studying how to use the technology in schools.
“Our aim is to encourage kids to get more involved in school,” Education Minister James Merlino said.
“We have a lot of research to be done, so I think we will have a better idea of how much this will help children.”
He said the technology could also be used to make children more social.
“It’s a way to encourage people to get out and play, but it’s also a way of making a connection with them,” he said.
“We want them to connect with each other, and to have a more meaningful social interaction.”
The government has also made a pilot program of the technology available to schools for children aged four to eight.
The program allows parents to request a six-year pilot with the government for their child to ride up in the new high speed elevator.
The State Government is now looking at whether to use it for all schools, but said there were no plans to offer it to all students.
“I think it’s a very positive step forward,” Mr Merlino told 7.30.
“But we want to see whether it’s as widely used as we would like.”
The pilot program was a first for NSW, but he said the state had more experience with the technology.
“This is a pilot project, it’s just for us now,” he explained.
“So, it does come at a cost.”
If we had to do it again, we wouldn’t be doing it at all.
“The trial is expected to last two years, with the first seven to be sent to schools by the end of the year.
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