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Edge Hill State School Paves Way for Future Innovators

5/06/2017
​Innovation and entrepreneurialism are words we hear a lot in the modern age, but what do they really mean? More importantly, what impact do the ideas underpinning technological innovation and entrepreneurship have on our children and young learners? 

Recently Young Australian of The Year, Taj Pabari visited our school to discuss these concepts with Year 4 and 5 students from our STEM Academy program. Taj, a seventeen year old innovator, shared his experiences of developing tech based products and applications from vision to market. His practical workshop delivered participants an opportunity to think entrepreneurially, from conceptualising a product and developing a business strategy and beyond. 

Taj shared with the students some truths about his middle school years and the disengagement he felt toward his education. Until he started seriously exploring his passion for computers and programming Taj was on a one-way path to failure and school drop-out. It was ultimately this passion for technology and some natural creativity that pulled him through. Only six years after launching his first application, a blog platform developed especially for children, he is the 2017 Young Australian of The Year. It is part of Taj’s mission now to inspire other young learners. 

It may seem pre-emptive to offer such an experience to children who are 10 years old on average. Given that Taj himself launched his first business at age 11 however, we believe it is never too early to embrace and encourage the creative potential of children, particularly those already demonstrating keen interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). 

Over the past two decades massive expansions in the fields of computer and communications technology, for example, have opened opportunities to young digital natives with big ideas. A quick visit to www.scienceawards.org.au and the list of young Australians conducting scientific enquiry and research and engineering products for applications in the health, entertainment or agricultural sectors is certain to impress.

At Edge Hill State School we firmly believe in educating the youth of today for future employment and productivity in a digital world. We embrace technology across learning areas and believe it has a principal role in modern education.  We aspire to encourage all learners to find their strengths and interests and it is a commitment to furthering learning opportunities for our students that guided the development of our STEM Academy program. 

Facilitating visits from the likes of Taj Pabari is yet another way we support our learners and pave the way for future innovators