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Students skate into national final

Posted: 12pm 22 Nov 2021

Students from Bribie Island State High School will tomorrow (November 23) go head-to-head with groups from across the country in the Future Anything National Grand Final.

Bribie’s Eco-Boards team will pitch its innovative idea for skateboards to judges at the QUT Gardens Theatre in Brisbane and live online.

Eco-Boards won its round in the national semi-finals and is now chasing the top prize - funding and support to launch their business into the real world.

Saving trees

As semi-final runners-up, two other Bribie Island SHS teams – Ream Cycle and Natural Technologies - will also present to the public and business experts.

Eco-Boards has created a skateboarding company looking to reduce the rising number of trees being cut down to produce skateboard decks.

The team is also passionate about encouraging all young people into skateboarding by providing support to The Smith Family.

Handmade books

Ream Cycle identified the massive paper waste in schools and Melody has created a company to combat this by making handmade books, bookmarks, cards and seed-paper from school waste.

Natural Technologies was started by Fergus to replace modern technologies such as hand sanitisers and soaps with natural, sustainable options and reduce pollution.

More than 45 schools across Australia entered the competition which encourages young people look for ways to make their world a better place and challenge themselves.

Activation

This year Bribie Island SHS had four entries from three Year 8 English classes and one Year 9 STEM class in the program’s “Activate” strand.

They were led by Nicole Dyson and a team of teachers which has been recognised for leadership and shortlisted for the Future Anything “Team of the Year” award.

Redcliffe State High School’s Chloe Alley will be pitching her business Chloe’s Heat Wheats – handmade lavender and wheat bags which are made from organic ingredients and fabric.

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