At the end of Term 1 our Year 8 students finalised their innovative solutions to the cross-curricular project titled “How can we survive a drought?”.
This project had begun 8 weeks prior, with a launch day in which students were exposed to the realities of Day Zero. They heard real stories of people living in drought-affected communities, learned about the impacts of drought on family finances, mental health, and more. You can read more about the Launch Day in our blog post here.
The theme of drought was woven into units of study throughout the term and the students enjoyed seeing how interconnected their subjects are.
Throughout the term students also engaged with a number of project days. On these days the students had access to experts in different fields to develop their solutions further. They used the design thinking process to identity their target market and research current solutions before developing their own ideas further.
We were amazed by the solutions the students developed. Teams created apps to promote connections between communities, they developed prototypes of water saving devices, a virtual reality game to promote empathy, education resources for teenagers living in remote areas, fundraising and awareness campaigns, and much more.
Students showed their initiative as they presented their solutions while learning remotely.
Teams developed a wide range of solutions – from mobile apps, to small business support.
One team created a documentary about the forgotten victims of drought, including video interviews with rural high school students discussing how the drought has impacted their lives.
This short video shows the highlights of the project, including the many innovative ways students presented their solutions while learning remotely:
We are excited to bring many more future-focused learning opportunities to our students this year!