In a final flourish of fervent salesmanship, the DeLorean students were tasked with the mission of dispatching 450 fidget spinners. The benefactor – the Fiji Mission. The aim – to get community sponsors to ‘buy’ a fidget spinner for $2. The outcome – all fidget spinners sold and donations totalling more than $500. In a fitting end to the term, students collaborated admirably to access their own social and family networks to achieve this amazing outcome.

Term 3 has, indeed, been a busy one. Project teams have consolidated their project ideas and community partnerships have been established. Operation PJ’s has corporate support from Target, DMC are booked for events through to the end of the year, including Wednesday morning coffee and Dirt Cheap continues the journey of coding to source the best priced motorbike parts. Get Lost have made and tested a prototype made on 3D printer, Storage Buddy have a prototype ready to go into the trial phase, Active In Your Active Wear have a steady clientele, Hexit continue in their quest for gaming controller dominance and Message Pops has been sending love throughout the College via lollipops featuring inspirational messages.

Other groups have pivoted onto new ideas. Untold Tales have become Eco Green with a new focus on recycling, UKBC continue to refine their basketball challenge idea and Sew Cosplay Project are creating custom designed and made items for Cosplay enthusiasts as TJ Clothing and Shaka Surf are venturing into different areas of t-shirt design and production.

In a term of significant highlights, students have been deservingly acknowledged. At St Hilda’s College at the Apple Distinguished Schools Conference in July, the students of the DeLorean Project held forum with delegates from all over Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Including being interviewed by Technology in Schools podcaster, Kate Arnott. Listen to what the students had to say at http://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-26jid-29e23d2.

Of course, the Amazing Race saw the students hit Brisbane city with gusto. Students made their way around the city using a variety of public transport, while competing challenges that took them from King George Square to Parliament House and over Kurilpa Bridge to GOMA and the museum. Engaging with the public to complete the challenges and working collaboratively gave the teams the opportunity to explore their capital city in a unique context.

Acquiring collaborators, nay, partners, has been the DeLorean Project’s raison d’être, and in Term 3, our collection grew. With the crew at The Innovation Centre at USC we’ve added Mark Paddenberg, from the Spark Bureau we have a new friend in John Sterling-Carter and Taj Pabari from Hello56 is a new partner for 2018. These friendships have given our students access to entrepreneurial expertise that cannot be quantified. Their experience and preparedness to spend time with our students has been invaluable.

All in all, a busy, yet extremely satisfying term. With Term 4 just around the corner, the sky’s the limit!

Colleen Crase

Passionate about teaching English Communications, which focuses on engaging students who struggle in ‘main-stream’ subjects, Colleen brings to the team a wealth of experience with middle and senior school students and a real desire to make a difference in their learning.

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