“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), cultural anthropologist
You are a change maker and you have the ability to create the world you want to live in. You may not realise it yet but you have enormous potential to be innovative and creative, and you can put these skills to use to tackle the challenges you care about, and build your own future in ways we can only imagine.
Welcome to “Sustainable Futures”, a fresh approach to making school work for you. In this exciting program, you will devote yourself to finding new ways of tackling important challenges related to sustainability. You will choose the area you are most passionate about (Climate and Environment, Social Progress, or Economic Development) and be supported through an extensive and thorough design thinking process to gain a deep understanding of the challenge, develop your ideas and create prototypes, formulate a plan for taking it to market, plan and implement a marketing campaign, make connections with industry mentors, and ultimately pitch your idea to gain backing.
Whilst the program is based around Scientific Studies and Digital Technologies, it combines a number of SACE subjects combining for 80 Stage 1 credits, with a team of teachers working together to support student learning. There is a significant practical element utilising 3D printers, laser cutters, video and photography production and technical drawing as students turn their ideas into reality.
Should I choose this program?
The 2017 “New Work Smarts” report (Foundation for Young Australians) states that “today’s 15-year-olds will likely navigate 17 changes in employer across 5 different careers”, and that young people will need to be “active problem solvers and communicators of ideas, equipped with a more entrepreneurial mindset and appetite for ongoing learning”.
If you want to tackle real world problems while developing these new “work smarts” then this could be the program for you. There are opportunities for you to complete the Sustainable Futures program in conjunction with other electives and set yourself up for tertiary studies in a wide range of fields. Making connections with industry mentors will add an extra dimension to your studies, and help you develop life-long transferable skills.
If you are interested in the Sustainable Futures program you should note that it requires a sincere commitment from you. Due to the highly integrated nature of the course you will need to see it through for the whole year in order to obtain the SACE recognition.
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Foundation for Young Australians report: https://www.fya.org.au/report/the-new-work-smarts