Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch MP visits Jump Start

The Minister for Innovation, Science and Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch MP, recently visited Pimpama State Secondary College to learn more about the Jump Start design thinking and social entrepreneurship program.

The school’s award winning program is building entrepreneurial skills among students, preparing them for the knowledge economy.

Visiting Pimpama State Secondary College last week, Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch congratulated the college on the Jump Start Program that has introduced design thinking and social entrepreneurship to the school’s curriculum.

Students showcased some of the recent projects.

Students showcased some of the recent projects.

Minister Enoch, herself a former teacher, said the Jump Start Program demonstrated the benefits of an education that incorporated entrepreneurialism into core subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics, known as STEAM.

Industry collaborator, Luise Grossmann (FiveOceans), explains broader benefits for students.

Industry collaborator, Luise Grossmann (FiveOceans), explains broader benefits for students.

“Over the next 20 years, it is predicted that 44 per cent or 5.1 million jobs are at risk from digital disruption in Australia,” Ms Enoch said.

“STEAM learning fosters creativity, analytical and critical thinking skills and will be increasingly required to equip our young people for future jobs.

“Pimpama College has found that combining entrepreneurialism to the subject mix is enhancing students’ readiness to operate in the new world economy, improving their confidence and, as I like to say, boosting their E-STEAM.

“The Queensland Government, recognising that we need a curriculum which equips our students for the jobs of tomorrow, has introduced a suite of initiatives for Queensland school students who represent the first step in the pipeline to producing skilled workers and contributors to the economy.

“One of these initiatives is Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow which will nurture the next generation of young Queensland entrepreneurs.”

The Minister is shown recent projects tackling food waste.

The Minister is shown recent projects tackling food waste.

Pimpama State Secondary College’s Head of Department Creative Industries Adam Jefford said that creativity and innovation are part of the same conversation – the inquiry process that underpins effective art-making can also be used to underpin business and entrepreneurialism.

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“The Jump Start Program ignites a passion in students, allowing them to question what success means for them and then through individual and team work, act upon their personal goals and objectives,” Mr Jefford said.

“Students are challenged to embrace risk and failure, and confidently respond to community problems by creating social enterprises, products or services that create positive impact.

“Participants are led through a design thinking process and also learn a range of lean start-up, business modelling and social enterprise tools, empowering them to become our future leaders.

“In just over 12 months, more than 120 students have engaged with the program and the students’ innovative social enterprise solutions include: zero waste school communities, e-waste gaming workshops and partnered with industry specialists to learn how to design and manufacture an environmentally-friendly surfboard fin made from ocean waste and an e-waste documentary.”

ABC Gold Coast 91.7FM, recently spoke to the Jump Start team about entrepreneurship and design thinking in high school education. You can listen to the program below.

Luise Grossmann (FiveOceans), Adam Jefford (HOD, CI, PSSC) and Tom Allen (Jump Start Lead, VII+) in the ABC studio.

Luise Grossmann (FiveOceans), Adam Jefford (HOD, CI, PSSC) and Tom Allen (Jump Start Lead, VII+) in the ABC studio.