Flinders Students Pitch at Activate National Grand Finals in November听

Five student teams from 快播色情片 Primary School have earned a place in the Showcase in Brisbane on Monday, 20 November.

The Flinders teams will join 30 teams of school-aged entrepreneurs from across Australia in pitching their innovative, scalable and sustainable business ideas, with the opportunity to win funding and support to launch their ideas in the real world. 

The Flinders students鈥 epic business ideas range from a pet dog health program, to a chocolate-inspired environmental sustainability campaign, a wheel rim product for mountain bikes, a product to support cancer patients to safely enjoy swimming as a hobby, and a product that encourages customers to grow plants from seeds. 

The Activate classroom program and national competition is hosted by innovative education company, , founded by educator and entrepreneur Nicole Dyson. Future Anything鈥檚 aim is to transform young people鈥檚 passion and curiosity into innovative ideas that make their world a better place. 

In 2023, Flinders Primary School was one of 65 Aussie schools to engage with the award-winning Activate program in their classrooms and learn how to build an enterprising mindset. This saw every Year 6 student at Flinders work in small groups in Terms 3 and 4 to create for-purpose business solutions to the problems they care about. 

Flinders is one of the few Primary Schools to progress to the Semi Finals and Grand Final events.

The Semi Finals event on Tuesday, 24 October featured 40 teams from across Australia, with each team given just three minutes to pitch live on YouTube to a judging panel. 

Read Milly Sheridan's student reflection of her team's semi finals pitch below.

Three of the Flinders student teams presented from a media room in the Primary School鈥檚 Flagship Centre, with the entire Year 6 cohort and staff eagerly watching the livestream just metres away in their classrooms.

After each Flinders pitch, the Year 6鈥檚 roars of support and celebration could be heard across the campus! 

The three Flinders鈥 teams to pitch in the Semi Finals online contest included:

  • Woof Watchers - a personalised dog weight-loss program to support healthy pooches by Adele Larsen and Milly Sheridan who won the People鈥檚 Choice and the Runners Up awards;
  • RimWrap - a protective wheel rim for mountain bikes to make the sport more affordable by Toby O'Connor, George Blake and Cooper Sparks who won the People鈥檚 Choice; and 
  • Blindsighted - a game made to simulate what life is like and to build awareness for people  with vision impairment by Josh Macfarlane.

And the three Flinders鈥 teams to progress straight to showcasing at Grand Final were:

  • Treetops - an aesthetic fake plant business which gives away seeds with every purchase by Gabi Chomley and Aara Afraz
  • WICS (Wow I Can Swim) is a support product to help cancer patients enjoy swimming again by waterproofing their central line tape by Emerson Blanch 
  • Incredible Insects - Fiona fly, Bella bee and Flora firefly are custom chocolates made to spread awareness about the importance of insects in our environment by Emma Zhao and Isla Gray.
Activate and Design Thinking at Flinders

Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards said Flinders was committed to being a leader in design thinking. 

鈥淣ow in its fourth year, our bespoke design thinking programs were created to enable our students to 鈥榙o well by doing good鈥,鈥 Mrs Edwards said. 

鈥淥ur I-care program for our Prep to Year 2 students and i-Impact program for our Years 3 to 6 challenge students to use design thinking to create innovative solutions to problems in our local and global communities.  

鈥淭his year, we decided to join Activate to open up the possibilities for our Year 6 students to solve a problem close to their heart by developing a prototype and following the Entrepreneur鈥檚 Odyssey. 

鈥淎ll students have benefited from learning how to seek and empathise with real world problems, take on feedback in order to reideate and prototype a viable solution, and create the space to work deeply on a problem that they hold tightly.

鈥淥ur Primary School community is proud to support our students who participated in the Activate Semi Finals and have progressed to the National Grand Finals in November. 

鈥淚t鈥檚 clear that our students are developing a sense of service to others as they design solutions for the greater good, which is positive for their academic attainment and their character development.鈥  

Milly and Adele pitch their epic business idea at the Activate Semi Finals on 24 October 2023

Milly Sheridan in Year 6 provided the following recount of her and team mate Adele Larsen鈥檚 experience presenting their business idea, Woof Watchers, in the Activate Semi Finals event on 24 October 2023. 

鈥淣ervous excitement hung in the air as we were about to pitch our innovative idea to a panel of judges and other businesses. We had spent countless hours preparing our presentation, pouring our heart and soul into the product.With nerves tingling and excitement bubbling within us, we meticulously rehearsed our presentation, ensuring every detail was perfect.

鈥淥ur product, Woof Watchers, a personalised dog weight loss program, had the potential to change the world for the better. We were determined to make a lasting impression on the judges and leave them in awe of our creation. As the first pitching heat concluded, we found ourselves consumed by a whirlwind of emotions. Doubts crept in, but we reminded each other of our shared vision and the countless hours we had dedicated to our business. We knew we had something special, and it was time to showcase it to the world.

鈥淲ith our hearts pounding, we entered the Zoom filled with anticipation. The atmosphere crackled with energy as we observed the other businesses, each with their unique ideas and aspirations. When our turn finally came, we took a deep breath and revealed ourselves on the Zoom call. The judges' eyes were fixed on us, their expressions a mix of curiosity and expectation.

鈥淲e began our presentation, pouring our passion into every word, and unveiling our innovative product with pride. As we spoke, we could feel the room come alive with excitement. The judges leaned forward, captivated by our vision and the potential impact our product could have on society. We answered their questions with confidence, aiming to showcase our deep understanding of the market and our commitment to our business. When our time was concluded, we exchanged glances, a mix of relief and hope in our eyes. The judges thanked us for our presentation, and we exited the call, our hearts pounding with anticipation. Then, all we could do was wait for the judges' decision and people's vote, hoping that our hard work and dedication had paid off.

鈥淣icole鈥檚 face flickered back onto the screen. Runners up, Wildcard or semi-final champion. We didn't care! Our dying desperation to progress into the Future Anything Grand Final was almost tangible! 鈥淥ur Semi Final National runners up is鈥. Woof Watchers!鈥 Applause, cheers and chants erupted from the Year six classrooms, creating an atmosphere of positivity and motivation. The cheers continued when Nicole announced that we had won the People鈥檚 Vote too! We embraced the warmth of our classmates鈥 cheers, reminding everyone that our success wasn鈥檛 just an individual achievement, but a collective celebration.鈥澨


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