Queensland’s Innovation Minister has congratulated Pimpama State Secondary College for an award-winning program that is teaching the students entrepreneurial skills.
120 students have gone through the school’s Jump Start Program in the last 12 months and come up with concepts such as an environmentally-friendly surfboard fin made from ocean waste, and plants with sensors that send ‘tweets’ when they need water and fertilizer.
Minister Leanne Enoch said the school’s Jump Start Program demonstrated the benefits of an education that brought the skills of entrepreneurialism into core subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics.
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“Over the next 20 years, it is predicted that 44 per cent or 5.1 million jobs are at risk from digital disruption in Australia,” the Minister said.
“Pimpama College has found that combining entrepreneurialism to the subject mix is enhancing students’ readiness to operate in the new world economy.”
Mr Adam Jefford from Pimpama State Secondary College said the Jump Start Program encouraged students to question what success meant to them, and then act on their personal goals through individual and team work.
“Students are challenged to embrace risk and failure, and confidently respond to community problems by creating social enterprises, products or services that create positive impact.”
The Jump Start Program has been awarded a Good Design Award in the category of Service Design, Education Services. The awards promote design, innovation and creativity at a national and international level.