Wanneroo: high school students pitch ideas at Innovation Institute’s think tank

High school students attend the Innovation Institute's think tank in Wanneroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d486889
High school students attend the Innovation Institute's think tank in Wanneroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d486889

ABOUT 70 high school students attended a ‘think tank’ in Wanneroo organised by the Innovation Institute and City of Wanneroo recently.

The September 17 event at the Wanneroo Civic Centre involved students from both government and private schools.

Organiser Paul Litwin said they were given two issues to address – youth employment as part of the City’s 100,000 Future Jobs Strategy and a tourism strategy for Yanchep National Park.

“Students spent the day brainstorming and creating a pitch presentation providing solutions for each of the issues,” he said.

“Students then pitched their ideas to a judging panel consisting of members from Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, Bendigo Bank Kingsway and council representatives.

“The winning schools were Wanneroo Secondary College with their youth employment strategy and Peter Moyes Anglican Community School with their Yanchep National Park tourism strategy – each school won $250.”

Mr Litwin said the think tank was successful and likely to become an annual event.

“There will also be a ‘Junior Think Tank’ event for local primary schools in early November,” he said.