Innovation Institute: Coodanup students get involved in pilot program


College deputy principal Kelly Bennett, Natasa Perovec from the City of Mandurah, Forrest Research Foundation executive officer Madelaine Fisher, Karissa Lear from Murdoch University who is studying sharks and (front) students Kyeesha Bonney and Ashton Woodhouse holding replicas of sawfish teeth used by Ms Lear in her talk.
College deputy principal Kelly Bennett, Natasa Perovec from the City of Mandurah, Forrest Research Foundation executive officer Madelaine Fisher, Karissa Lear from Murdoch University who is studying sharks and (front) students Kyeesha Bonney and Ashton Woodhouse holding replicas of sawfish teeth used by Ms Lear in her talk.

COODANUP Senior College is one of four secondary schools in WA selected to be involved in a pilot program by the newly created Innovation Institute.

The Institute was created because a lack of education for young people, particularly in WA, in the areas of innovation and enterprise.

Innovation Institute’s Paul Litwin, who made a presentation to students, said there were small pockets of programs but no body or organisation that could deliver innovation and entrepreneurship learning and real life connections on a significant scale.

He told students the program offered a great chance for someone to come up with a brilliant idea.

The Innovation Institute is similar to the Australian Institute of Management but will focus only on secondary students in Years 7 to 10.

It will be the nursery/incubator for young people to learn about innovation/entrepreneurship, be mentored by industry leaders of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and have a supportive ongoing environment to create their own innovations for the benefit of their community.

The other schools involved are Applecross and Girrawheen Senior High Schools and St Georges Grammar, Perth.