Playtime proves a hit for local library

By UTE SCHULENBERG

IT'S not every day you get asked to play for your university assessment task.

But that's exactly what Raina Mason asked her information technology students to do this semester and clearly the students had fun doing it.

"I wanted the students to design and develop their own games but I wanted that to happen as a real world experience," the associate lecturer from Southern Cross University's school of Management and Commerce said.

"I heard about BUD's Toys (Bellingen Shire's Online Toy Library) through a friend and when I contacted them, they were very keen.

"The students really enjoyed doing the project some told me they kept tinkering with their games even although the assessment was finished."

And yesterday the students were demonstrating the new online games to BUD's co-ordinator Kirsti Hudson.

"These online games are a fantastic addition to our service," Ms Hudson said.

"We already have nearly 400 toys in the collection. These games will now give kids a reason to visit our site as well as parents."

BUD's has around 85 members who order a variety of toys via the online catalogue.

The toys are collected from distribution outlets in Bellingen, Urunga, Dorrigo and Boambee East.

For more information phone 6655 2650 or go to www.bssn.org.au/budstoys



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