Flinders Students Think Big and Solve Problems at Something School

Do you know something?

Nine of our Flinders Secondary School students from Years 9 to 11 certainly do – because they ventured to the Something School at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane on Thursday, 31 August!

The Something School is aimed at inspiring and empowering high school students and has been designed to show young people how they can make a difference in their communities and around the world.

Delivered in partnership by Something Digital and BOP Industries, the Something School encourages students to think big, explore out-of-the-box challenges and connect with like-minded industry leaders - the type of event which is right up our alley!

Guided by Mr Patrick Morrow, the Flinders Head of Learning Futures, our students enjoyed learning from industry leaders and participating in immersive exercises and challenges with more than 100 students from other schools.

Activities ranged from designing jobs of the future to exploring how digital is solving some of today’s greatest challenges.

During the final design innovation challenge of the day, our Flinders team chose to solve the problem of food waste by incorporating new technology.

They ideated a digital product that could perform multiple tasks, including to:

  • scan the human body to determine the capacity of the stomach at that time and dispense food in the correct proportions, and
  • scan any food placed inside the product and determine if it is still edible and safe to eat.

Students were fascinated to learn how digital tech is used to improve our communities, the diverse digital careers of the future and to consider what their careers might look like.

New Infinity Centre to Explore Design Thinking and Innovation at Flinders

Mr Patrick Morrow and staff are also working with students on a range of digital tech opportunities at Flinders as part of the curriculum and co-curricular program.

Upcoming opportunities include a cybersecurity team problem-solving event, a two-day game jam to create games from scratch, a 3D modelling workshop with an expert mentor and a 'Design and Developing with Swift' event through the College's endorsement as an Apple Distinguished School.

It's all part of the College's commitment to encouraging students to explore entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and design thinking across a range of disciplines, including Visual Arts, Design and Technologies, Digital Technologies and Business. 

And with Flinders' new Infinity Centre opening in early 2024 as part of the Flinders Masterplan, students will have a state-of-the-art facility to support their diverse interests.

The technology-rich Infinity Centre will feature dedicated specialist studios, maker spaces and galleries to support and exhibit student projects, including art studios, white rooms, workshop and gallery spaces, library zones, food laboratories, and presentation and pitching rooms.

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