Rain, hail and shine, kids like, share and act
30 Oct 2015
Sydney Olympic Park’s fifth annual Youth Eco Summit (YES) saw more than 3,000 students from 85 schools across the greater Sydney area participate in the curriculum-based sustainability festival on 21 and 22 October 2015.
The festival's theme ‘Like, Share, Act’ gave students from grades three to 10, their peers, community, industry and educators the chance to connect and learn through hands-on programs, expo tents and presentations, all focused on sustainability and putting eco-friendly strategies into action.
Students braved the wet and windy weather and engaged with program providers and workshop operators as well as Merrylands High School digital media students, who streamed live the event via YES TV. Content streamed via YouTube allowed schools and students regionally and globally to participate and collaborate in this year’s YES event.
The inaugural YES 21st Century Learning awards were held on 21 October. These awards were designed to recognise, showcase and inspire excellence in sustainability focussed school projects. Seven schools took out prizes for their chosen categories with Mawarra Public School winning the NRMA People’s choice award after clocking up more than 15,000 votes for their Eco-Entrepreneur project.
Mike Bartlett, Manager Education for Sydney Olympic Park Authority, said YES continues to engage students and participant numbers are increasing year on year.
“Students and teachers seem to be showing more and more interest each year in YES, which is fantastic,” he said.
“By adapting to new technologies to reach more students about the environment and sustainability which is becoming a prevalent global conversation is very exciting and the increasing numbers of engagement are proving how important that conversation is to future generations. For the Authority to help facilitate such significant progress is very rewarding,” he added.
YES is a joint initiative of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Western Sydney University and the NSW Department of Education. The event has also been recognised by the United Nations for youth engagement.
For more information about the YES2015 – including the full event program of workshops and activities – visit:
Also, check-out https://www.youtube.com/user/sydneyolympicparkedu
Follow @YES21stC on Twitter
KEY EDUCATION FIGURES FROM SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
500,000+ - Students per year through its curriculum-based and sports participation activities
25,000 - Students visited Sydney Olympic Park on curriculum-based excursions in 2014/15
30 – Unique and curriculum-based school programs available at Sydney Olympic Park, including YES
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