Wow! So inspired by the 93 School Teams showcasing how they can make a difference through STEM. 60 of these teams were from the Primary Sector! The student agency was off the charts! Many of the presentations focused on addressing the all-important sustainable development goals! Great Real-World Problems to be focusing on.
Today’s keynote by Andrew Douch to the Teachers was very inspiring and encouraging! If that was not enough the 120 Teachers in the room could choose to participate in 4 workshops that aligned to 4 different streams. Well done CEM! It was definitely MAD and I’m sure we’ll see long lasting impact!
Our IoTKG team were most appreciative to Olivia Illic, for facilitating a design thinking workshop with such flare last Friday at Monash University in the Teaching and Learning buidling. We were able to seed multiple projects that can now be further fleshed out. Looking forward to sharing the finished product in due course!
Young and Older generations, Corporations and Start Ups, Communities and World Leaders explore how we might solve some of the World’s Most Complex Problems identified and agreed upon by the UN. These are commonly referred to as the 17 SDGs.
I was delighted to accompany students from Schools from across the nation prepared to share with delegates their desire to stand up and “make a difference”. These students were referred to as Teenovators.
It was so good to hear how World Leaders and Corporations are trying to address these 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are very real problems and it is so encouraging to hear what people are doing to make a difference. As John Kerry quoted Nelson Mandela, “It will always seem impossible until it gets done”. Great to be inspired by World Leaders making the time to invest not only in increasing awareness but supporting young people to focus on such important issues such as Climate Change, World Hunger, Waste and so much more.
10 students from Cornish College, Flinders Christian College and Brentwood Secondary College were amongst the Teenovators that addressed delegates by way of introduction to keynote speakers and panels that were hosted over 3 days. These three schools are participating in the IoTKG pilot.
Gemma Wildermuth was extended an impromptu invitation to join one the panels. It would be great to see more collaborations with Industry and Education on how we can address these Sustainable Development Goals. It was great seeing the SDGs on every stage as a constant reminder of how we might be able to make a difference.
A huge thank you to the Schools and their Teachers for supporting their students to be involved in what should become an annual event. A very empowering Summit that can’t help but inspire a call to action.
Great to be hosted Thursday and Friday of last week by 3 of the new Schools. All Schools are connected and collecting data!
Thank you to Huntingtower School, Brentwood Secondary College and Woodleigh Minimbah for hosting the 3 Cluster Meetings.
It was great to have Josie Charles as guest from Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation join our Cluster 3 meeting at Woodleigh Minimbah.
Thank you Carmela for the lunch that included fresh produce from the kitchen garden featured in the photos below. These happy students pictured below love their kitchen garden program.
Thank you to Korowa Anglican Girls School for hosting a cluster workshop for staff from St Leonard’s Primary School, Huntingtower School and St Joseph’s Hawthorn.
We are working with a diverse groups of schools that represent Government, Independent, and Catholic Schools at both Primary and Secondary levels. All Schools have gardens and programs that represent all stages of development from just getting started to very established programs.
Great to meet with Nick Haines and Liz Goldberg last Wednesday and see first-hand the inspiring innovative Ag Tech work being carried out by their students.
Flinders Christian College is another School introducing students to Aquaponics.