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2019 Sustainability & STEAM Symposium

Be the change that you want to see in the world! Eco Kids film Crew 2019.
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Tinana State School, a Green Flag School, celebrated its seventh year of challenging our young people to come up with tangible and effective ways that they can help to create a sustainable future at their annual multi-school Sustainability & STEAM Symposium.
The Sustainability & STEAM Symposium was held on Wednesday 4th September to increase sustainability awareness, create connections within communities and to encourage our students to be future environmental leaders. With ten schools and over 700 students attending, from Maryborough State High School, Aldridge State High School, Fraser Coast Anglican College, Xavier Catholic College, St Helens State School, Albert State School, Parke State School, Tiaro State School, Bauple State School and Tinana State School.
“There were 430 schools and 8000 students across Australia who took part in National KTK Week this year and the Tinana State School event was one of the biggest - a definite highlight,” Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) Director and Founder Arron Wood said.
The KTK program is divided into four stages, where students move from traditional learning and research through to community action and finally to a workshop to formulate the message they wish to share with their peers.
Leading up to the day, students selected environmental issues relevant to their community and formulated their KTK workshops. Topics covered in 2019 were: recycling, food waste and the Black Soldier Fly, the Mary River Turtle, newspaper pots, water wise school vegetable gardens, wicking bed systems, worm farming, endangered animals, native animals, rainforest ecosystems, bees, feral pests, boomerang bags, soft plastics, marine animals, straws, human powered vehicles, eco school committee experience and sustainable farming and Butchulla storytelling to name a few.
We also had a 🎥 Fraser Coast Eco Kids Film Crew: a multi-school film project encouraging kids to 'Be the change that you want to see in the world!' on the day.
The Symposium was fortunate to have the support of many sponsors! Sponsorship allows students to attend the event cost free, supports KTK workshops, environmental initiatives, workshop presenter costs and the overall celebratory feel of the day. To help, there were also over 25 organisations, including local government agencies, community groups and others involved to support this great event of environment activities and learning. 
This event was held on Indigenous Literacy Day. What better way to show sustainability then to recycle celebrated at the event with Tinana hosting a Great Book Swap to raise much-need funds to buy books for remote communities? On the day we banked $350, our greatest achievement to date!
The KTK learning model was inspired by the Learning Pyramid©* that shows students might only retain five per cent of knowledge through lecture and other traditional learning styles but up to 90 per cent through teaching others. 
“The goal for Kids Teaching Kids is to educate others about the importance of sustainability, and encourage them to spread the message in our communities and homes.  It provides a time to share ideas, work together and network with others,” 2019 Sustainability Captain, Katelyn said. 
Every child in our schools is like a little seed, with the power to spread a message throughout their community. 
To quote Jane Goodall, ‘What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’  I hope the Symposium gave you a renewed sense of determination to make a difference that benefits our Earth.  We must continue to work together to spread the seeds of sustainability far and wide.  From little things, big things grow.