Youth Innov8tors program launches at Gladstone State High school

Youth Innov8tors program launches at Gladstone State High school

StartUpGladstone has this week partnered with Gladstone State High School to launch the new Youth Innov8ors pilot program.

The program will focus on developing students’ problem-solving capabilities through curriculum-based activities from the digital technologies sector.

The pilot will run over 10 weeks and will include around 150 students from Years 8 to 10. The students will be challenged with solving a real-world problem put forward by program partners and mentor providers NBN and Gladstone Area Water Board and receive additional mentoring support from Oracle and Queensland Alumina Limited.

At the end of the 10 weeks, a handful of students will be selected to present their concepts at a “pitch day” presentation, where all involved can see the real-world solutions the young minds have come up with.

StartUp Gladstone’s Luis Arroyo said “The program aims to encourage innovation in our youth and show them support is available to develop their ideas as they become leaders of our future. This program will support students to think outside the box and show them that the sky is the limit.”

The Youth Innov8ors pilot program was introduced via web call to the students by Dr Sarah Pearson, Deputy Director-General for Innovation at the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.

The program is possible through a partnership between StartUp Gladstone, Here for Gladstone (a partnership between Rio Tinto Yarwun, Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited), Gladstone Area Water Board, Queensland Government, and APLNG ConocoPhillips.

The Youth Innov8ors pilot program will shape the formal launch of the program, which is due to commence in the second half of 2021.