There has been a deluge of debate and discussion, claims, counter-claims and fact checking around the climate crisis we are facing here in Australia and of course globally. However while our leaders are all defending their positions, it’s refreshing to see our kids are actively looking for solutions!
Here at #NCTCE2020 we were recently approached by a year five student at Unity Grammar in Western Sydney. He explained that he was a member of the school’s robotics team, and had some questions for us on wind turbines. Many schools now run robotics programs as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), exposing students to simple, programmable devices from an early age. The exciting part of this is the creativity, innovation and problem solving approaches emerging in the next generation.
To push this further there are national and international competitions such as the FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Robotics which extend an invitation to all students asking them “What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?” This program encourages our students to lead their own future!
Last year, Unity Grammar’s team called ‘Stem Cells Z’ were successfully selected to represent Australia at the FIRST Lego League Championship held in Houston, Texas where they placed third amongst 204 international teams. The enquiring mind of our year five student lead him to write to us for answers – which we were able to provide via our wonderful advisory panel member, Dr Tim MacTaggart.
We would like to commend Unity Grammar, and any other school that is nurturing the minds of our children, giving them the tools and support to find innovative solutions to the problems we are facing today. It is our goal, via #NCTCE2020, to put a spotlight on the future of the Australian Cleantech industry and provide the connections between decision-makers, investors and innovators to ensure the many incredible solutions already available in this space can have a measurable impact and drive our nation’s sustainable growth.
Further information about the conference can be found at www.nctce.com.au