Mon, September 7, 2020

Thank you to Future Anything and Griffith University for allowing

our students to share their innovative thoughts and ideas with you

It was with great pleasure that Sheldon College welcomed Future Anything and the Griffith University Second Year Film and Media students to Artscapes on Thursday 3 September to interview Year 10 IDEAS students, to inspire and collaborate with Year 9 students, and to capture their teacher’s experiences to date with the Future Anything curriculum.  

The Year 10 IDEAS students were invited to participate in filming an entrepreneurial learning showcase for Future Anything and the students spoke proudly of their achievements to date, in particular how rewarding the program has been and why social entrepreneurism is important in schools. Future Anything is an integral part of the College’s IDEAS curriculum and supports the transformation of young people’s passion and curiosity into innovative ideas that make their world a better place by teaching valuable social and life skills.

This was clearly demonstrated by Year 10 student Brooke Dunford, who explained how he identified a water shortage issue for small villages in Vietnam and how he collaborated with his peers, teachers and the College to source water filters from the USA, and how he then brought them to the grateful communities in Vietnam last December, thus making a significant impact on their society and their daily lives.

2019 Grand Finalists ‘TUKI’, consisting of Ella Broadby, Charlotte Chamberlain, Hannah Jenkinson and Emma McManimm, described their innovative Parent App idea, which assists busy parents by enabling them to access information about their children, such as the profile of a student, attendance report, homework report, fee report, mark sheet, exam routines, conversations with school staff, notifications from school, and many other features.

In the afternoon representatives from Griffith University and the CEO/Founder of Future Anything, Nicole Dyson, interviewed the Year 9 students to learn more about their innovative social-based business ideas and their student experiences. Nicole gave valuable advice to the budding entrepreneurs and provided information and insight about how to partake in this year's competition.

Nicole said “It’s such a genuine pleasure to have spent some time at Sheldon College with our Griffith University film crew speaking to both last year’s Future Anything students (including TUKI who made our 2019 Grand Final) as well as this year’s cohort of Year 9 IDEAS students. There are some incredible ideas being created by these young entrepreneurs, alongside some important lifelong learning around collaboration, project management, design thinking and entrepreneurship.”

The 2020 Future Anything Finals will be taking place virtually on 13 November 2020, with an international judging panel critiquing and analysing the students’ submissions. There are 46 schools partaking in the competition for the most innovative idea that makes their world a better place, with 20 teams reaching the Semi-Final.

Thank you to Future Anything and Griffith University for allowing our students to share their innovative thoughts and ideas with you. Sheldon College wishes all students partaking in this year’s competition the best of luck and we are excited to see what sparks their passion and curiosity in order to make the world a better place.