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.
Another great opportunity for our Pilot Schools to see what each school is doing and how they are implementing the IoTKG Curriculum in their school context.
A reminder that we are currently inviting a 2nd Cohort of Schools to apply for a Term 3 start. A link can be found on the Schools page of this site.
Great Feedback today! It was great to be inviting feedback from Julie Hart of Bialik College and Jo Hannan of Noble Park Primary School so early in to the IoTKG pilot.
Look forward to catching up with other pilot schools tomorrow.
Love seeing students in grades 4 and 5 being introduced to triangulation of data in such a natural way! It’s helping them really better understand the problems they are trying to solve in their garden.
Well done Julie and the Team at Bialik College!
All schools are teaching students as young as Grade 3 about seasonality. They will use this data to make more informed choices about what and when they should grow their vegetables.
Teachers working in small hub across schools
Later in the pilot we will focus on other themes such as water and soil health.
Akash, an engineering undergraduate is showing teachers how to install such equipment in their gardens so they can monitor such conditions in real time.
In the session schools are also learning about contemporary ways of collaborating both on and off line. Their collective work will be shared in the “cloud” and schools will collaborate online.
Some early samples from Year 3 and 4
Some pictures taken in various schools’ kitchen gardens
Boneo Primary School
If you teach in a school that might have an interest in joining a second cohort you can register your interest via the School’s Page.
Together we can make a difference and minimize the impact or footprint we leave behind us for the next generation. Thank you to Karen Jones, Julie Wynne and the team for providing IoTKG with a stall. It was great to meet others exhibiting and of course delegates interested in partnering with our pilot.
It was great to have 9 schools represented on the day. We look forward to working collaboratively to explore new ways in regard to how we can teach STEM in Schools that have a Garden Program in their schools for students.