ENVIRONMENT and sustainability was at the fore in a Canadian Lead invention taken to compete on the national stage.
Pupils bill their Clean Crew Bin as a solar-powered smart bin to sort waste and provide analytics on consumption and waste habits.
WATCH Canadian Lead's STEMpreneur pitch below
Their entry was put before a Shark Tank-link judging panel in the nbn's STEMpreneur program at the term's end. While they did not win, Canadian Lead was one of eight school across Australia to take part in the 12-week program to develop entrepreneurial skills.
The STEMpreneur program encourages pupils to think big for future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
A Canadian Lead grade 4-6 composite class worked with a mentor from Australian Business Council Network from brainstorming ideas to how to make prototypes then progressing to the finished product.
Three in four Australians will spend more time using entrepreneurial and STEM skills in the workforce within the next decade, according to research released by NBN Co on Tuesday. The report also found primary school pupils in nbn-connected areas spend 75 minutes more doing homework online each week than students in non nbn- connected areas.
This is the second year Canadian Lead has taken part in the STEMpreneur program. Pupils designed and pitched an app last year to help monitor their behaviour and emotions.
Canadian Lead principal Darlene Cameron said it was great to watch pupils' skills develop to become job-ready for the future workforce.
"It can sometimes be difficult to bring the opportunities in STEM to life in the classroom but having a practical challenge has worked so well, helping our students engage with STEM and with experts in the field," Ms Cameron said.
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