THE 2019 GREEN INNOVATION AWARDS
Following a highly successful inaugural year, the Green Innovation Awards are now once again building towards a bigger and brighter 2019 Awards.
With an expanding network, the 2019 Awards aims to tap into more of the innovative creativity of NSW North Coast primary and high school students, the place where the sun first hits the Australian coastline.
Encouraged by a $10,000 NSW Government grant, the Awards hopes to reach students from the Clarence River to the Queensland border and west to the range. The Awards aim to involve school children in taking a special interest in the environment, innovation, and new business entrepreneurship.
Winner of the 2018 Primary School Award, Empire Vale students know the special thrill of winning a trophy for environmental innovation.
“I felt so proud when our school was handed the Green Innovation Trophy. I held on to it so tight, I didn’t want to let it go. It was a fantastic moment!” Kyle said, who’s in Year 5.
The Empire Vale students last year presented a feasible, actionable plan to run the school’s lawn mower on biofuel they created using biomass from their local sugarmill.
Simply being involved with the Green Innovation Awards clearly had a lasting impression on the kids.
“I loved that we could make a biofuel with a few simple ingredients,” Jackson said, Year 4.
“I loved experimenting and learning new things.” Erin said, Year 6.
The teacher at Empire Vale Primary School guiding the children through their work, Ms Karen Rantissi, highlighted how bringing students from around the region together for the Awards was a great idea, explaining how her students were so inspired by the variety of projects and outstanding presentations from each school.
“It was really fun watching the other competitors present their environmental projects. It was obvious that each school had put their heart and soul into their projects.” Jumarlia said, Year 5.
Ms Rantissi went on to praise the Innovation Awards as a way to really engage the kids with real world issues in a way that focuses them on finding new solutions.
“The Green Innovation Awards provide a unique educational platform for local primary and high students to share their innovative ideas and passion to make a positive impact to our environment,” Ms Rantissi said.
“Empire Vale Public School is really looking forward to becoming involved in the program in 2019 and have already started considering a variety of real world problems that we would like to find solutions for,” she said.
Green Innovation Awards 2019 information packs are being sent out to schools during November, with entries due in April 2019, and the presentation of the Awards to be judged at an Event at the end of May.
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