Wowzers! I think we're ready for a nap after the whirlwind that was term three; but what an awesome whirlwind it has been! Term three has been for sure the biggest term we've ever had, and quite possibly our most awesome term as well.
We kicked off the June/July holidays by going from one innovation camp over Easter, to seven camps over winter! We were incredibly excited to bring on two new partners with RACQ and River City Labs both coming on board to host innovation camps at their venues. With additional camps for primary students added with all partners, this was an epic holidays that saw students at RACQ exploring the 'Future Of Transport', our students at Virgin Australia diving into 'Innovation In Aviation' and our students at River City Labs 'Ideating and Creating' with help from our co-facilitators Robotics Playground.
After wrapping up our biggest school holidays ever (seven times bigger to be precise), we were straight into action working with the Beenleigh Yatala Chamber Of Commerce and their junior chamber to run the Rising Entrepreneurs Competition. This competition saw students from schools across the region competing in an online competition facilitated by the BOP team as they worked to build and grow their own businesses. We saw some incredibly brilliant ideas coming out of this competition and some amazing business that we can't wait to see launch.
At the start of the term, we also had the pleasure of working with the Australian Air League to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. This program saw us working with 30 young aviators from across Queensland to solve a series of space challenges using their aviation expertise. With a beautiful venue inside an aircraft hangar at Archerfield Airport, we had a fantastic time.
Throughout the term, we also hosted several workshops with our schools across South-East Queensland for their primary and their high school students, teaching them about technology with a focus on creativity, entrepreneurship with a difference and innovation. We had a brilliant time delivering these programs and inspiring students across SEQ.
This term we began our work in regional Victoria working with our friends at The Ideas Place in Warrnambool, and our friends at Upstart in Ballarat. The innovation space in regional Victoria is doing some brilliant work to support their founders of all ages and to look at how we can start small ideas and grow them from there. We're incredibly excited to see how the communities in Victoria continue to support their founders, and we're honoured to be a part of their innovation journey. Whilst on our travels around Victoria, we also had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful humans at York Butter Factory in Melbourne. These amazing humans are running a brilliant co-working space with some amazing members and I had such a fantastic time working with them all and hearing about the brilliant work they're doing.
In addition to our work in regional Victoria, we also found ourselves doing a great deal of work in regional Queensland throughout term three, this term with our focus on our fabulous friends in Townsville! Up in Townsville, we collaborated with the wonderful team at Central Queensland University to deliver their science experiences for high school students from across North Queensland. In addition to this, we also had the pleasure of working with a number of local schools and one, in particular, running a fantastic startup subject for grade 9-10 students! Aligned with the design technologies curriculum, the brilliant teachers at St Patricks College have designed and are now delivering a subject for students that sees them spending two years focussing on nothing but startups!
Our after school programs for the term saw us working with the amazing year 7-10 students at St John's Anglican College and the amazing year one students at Oakleigh State School. Our high school students kicked off their 'Future Founder' journies building their own businesses, and our primary students were exploring digital creation as they designed, built and explored with some high tech and low tech tools.
This term we also had the absolute pleasure of working with our friends at the Gold Coast Libraries for National Science Week as we showed students and parents from across the Gold Coast how they could innovate and create from anywhere in the world with some awesome STEM tools.
Not long after National Science Week we found ourselves teaming up with the amazing people at the Queensland Curriculum and Assesment Authority (QCAA) to talk to a group of teachers about STEM in the classroom. In addition, we also had the pleasure of working with the IMPACT Centre to talk to a group of teachers about STEM and entrepreneurship in the classroom and some of our favourite tools to deliver these learning experiences.
After another quick trip to Hong Kong for some exciting projects (watch this space!), we had a very exciting first which was our first international BOP workshop! In September, we sent a team of facilitators over to Kuala Lumpur to work with over 350 students from the Australian International School Malaysia (AISM). In Malaysia we developed and delivered a series of cross-curricular programs for students in grade 3-10 to focus on STEAM, entrepreneurship and innovation in practice with links to the Science, HASS and Technologies curriculums. We had a brilliant time delivering these programs and with students from around the world, we were blown away with their ideas! We're incredibly excited to be beginning our partnership with AISM and we look forward to supporting their teachers, students and parents on their journey with STEAM, entrepreneurship and innovation.
After getting back from Malaysia, we then finished off the term with our Aspiring Entrepreneurs weekend with the Redlands City Council, Sheldon College and Ormiston College. This program saw a group of high school students building and launching their own business ideas in 36 hours. With students as young as 12 years old, we were blown away with their business ideas, and we're incredibly excited to see students already bringing their businesses to life over their holidays.
After wrapping up the Aspiring Entrepreneurs weekend, we then headed back up to Townsville for a few more programs to wrap up the term and to get our North Queensland students looking at the kinds of businesses they can start over their holidays.
Now as we kick of holidays we're back to regroup and refresh ready for another amazing set of innovation camps and then to finish the year on a high in term four!
A big thank you to all the amazing teachers, students and parents that we've worked with throughout the term for your support. We've loved working with you all and we are so excited to see the impact we're making in our schools and communities.
We can't wait to see you all again in term four! And until then, stay brilliant!
Scott and the BOP Team :)