Think Tank Challenge

142 students from across Perth have put on their thinking caps and come up with creative solutions to help Perth become a leading waterwise city.

During term 3 of 2019, the WA Schools Think Tank Challenge, an initiative by Water Corporation and the Innovation Institute and supported by the Science Teachers’ Association of WA, saw Year 9 and 10 students from 17 Waterwise Schools attend one day workshops to learn about water management in Western Australia.

Through the knowledge and insights they gained, they were then asked to come up with their own innovative ideas to the question ‘How can Perth become a leading waterwise city by 2030?’ The students identified opportunities for growth and innovation in Perth’s water cycle and in teams, researched and developed ideas to help achieve this goal.

Teams from 6 schools were then chosen to present their ideas at the inaugural WA schools Think Tank pitch final, held on Tuesday 22nd October, during National Water Week.

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives. The theme for this year’s National Water Week is 'It's time to change the world' which encourages us to think about how we use water and how we can protect it so as to secure our supply for future generations.

The teams from John Forrest Secondary College, Kinross College, Perth College, Perth Modern School, Seton Catholic College and Shenton College pitched in front of 3 judges, Water Corporation’s Karen Willis and Nicole Locke, and Science Teachers’ Association’s John Clark.

The solutions include an app encouraging waterwise behaviours through forums, tips, and competitions, benefits and incentives for saving water, and pricing and taxation on water usage.

The winning pitch, exploring water generators, water recycling and public education came from Perth Modern students Orson Chen, Shay Dowley, Edie Simpson, Angela Deng, Hannah Waldron, and Zobia Laarayb.

Think Tank events such as these are a great opportunity to engage with students, our future leaders and decision makers, about the importance of being waterwise.

This is just one of the ways we’re working with schools to help improve water literacy and waterwise behaviour. Last year 22,074 students were reached through our Waterwise Schools Program which now endorses 580 schools across WA.

For more information visit our Waterwise Schools Program page.


Think Tank 2019