Over the past four years the Green Innovation Awards have captured the attention of local community and business leaders. They encourage children to develop a passion for the environment by asking them to invent, develop, and present solutions for greener living.
Green Innovation Awards work closely with the Department of Education to identify ways to involve more high schools in project based learning. They have identified that many high school students are under-performing in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.
In an attempt to address barriers to project-based learning being implemented in high schools, Green Innovation Awards created a curriculum-aligning unit of work for teenagers.
A community grant from the NRCF allowed Green Innovation Awards to pilot two units of work to engage Year 7 and Year 8 students from three schools in project-based learning focused on sustainability. This enabled the students to practise teamwork, problem solving, ideation and communication, challenging them with STEM skills, inspiring and empowering them that they can make a difference and that their ideas matter.
This year’s Green Innovation Awards Finals Event was held on November 9 at Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Our congratulations to all participating schools with a special well done to St Paul’s Catholic College, Kempsey for winning the High School Category of the 2022 Green Innovation Awards. Their fun and practical innovation encouraged school students to recycle more by challenging them to shoot their waste through a hoop…with great success!