illuminate:nextgen Challenge (High Schools)
The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is the flagship program of illuminate Education Australia, providing high school students with an authentic entrepreneurial environment for them to activate the confidence, creativity and capability to reach their full potential through solving problems in their community.
Supported by experienced facilitators at every stage with input from the community and our partners, participants work in teams to develop a new project or business idea while developing key life skills including:
- Presentation Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Inquiry (Research)
- Digital Literacy
- Financial Literacy
- Design Thinking
- Problem Solving
Across the week, students explore the innovative process designed by illuminate Education Australia, growing in their skills and confidence within themselves and of their peers throughout the journey. Teams begin by growing in their understanding of a relevant issue in their community and build their knowledge base to define the problem they see, creatively explore and refine possible solutions, develop business models for sustained impact as well as marketing materials that connect with target customers, present the idea for investment and support, showcase how their team will work collaboratively to deliver the solution and a prototype of their solution. All of the skills and resources required to complete these stages are introduced by illuminate Education Australia facilitators in the week, both to complete the challenge but to also see how these transferable skills can be used in other contexts.
What Does A CHALLENGE Look Like?
With so many elements built into the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, it can be hard to put it all into words.
To help with that, our partners at Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand produced this video in association with the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus, where over 150 students from 12 different schools came up with new ideas in agribusiness and connecting consumers to local produce in 2017. You will see key sessions throughout the challenge and journey with teams and their teachers as they grew in their confidence, creativity and capability with the challenge.
Our regional programs give the perfect opportunity for small groups of students from across the community from different schools to complete the illuminate:nextgen Challenge. With the generous support of our partners, the registration costs are often covered making it easier for schools to bring students to the challenge (leaving the school to cover relief and transport in most situations), which not only increases the number of students who can benefit from the challenge but also bringing together a range of schools to increase the competitive element of the challenge environment.
With the illuminate:nextgen Challenge designed to have around 140 students complete the program together, delivering the challenge in school allows every student in a year group benefit from the experience and the skills it develops – without having to leave the campus. Delivered by facilitators from illuminate Education Australia who come into the school along with industry guests at a time that suits the school, the challenge runs within the normal school day, and provides an opportunity to integrate the benefits of the program into the school program through the topic covered and skills developed over the week.
New Digital Delivery
In light of the COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, illuminate Education Australia is delivering a fully digital version of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, which means students can complete the program from their own home, or participate as a team from their own school without the need to travel to another location. The program will be delivered in this way for the near future until the current restrictions, including travel restrictions, both for programs that are delivered in schools (using a hybrid mode of delivery) as well as challenges that are run across a region.
The Innovation Process
Across the week, students explore the innovative process designed by illuminate Education Australia, growing in their skills and confidence within themselves throughout the journey.
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