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17 May 2023

Fostering Innovation and Collaboration: Ag Camp Review

Last week, Geelong Tech School organised an exceptional Ag Camp that brought together three schools from just outside the Geelong area – Colac Secondary College, Lavers Hill, and Lorne P-12 College.

The camp focused on the students understanding of building empathy with their industries and responding to a problem by creatively working with their peers to prototype solutions. The industries involved were:  Boomaroo Nurseries, Common Ground Project, and Cobram Estate Olive Oil. Students were given the opportunity to interact with our industry partners across the 3 days, enriching their learning experience.

Organiser Jono Newmarch expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The Ag Camp aimed to ignite students’ passion for agriculture while equipping them with valuable problem-solving skills. We wanted to create an environment where they could explore and innovate, and I believe we achieved that.

On the final day, the students had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts. This platform allowed them to showcase their problem-solving skills, presentation abilities, and innovative thinking. The panel were impressed by the student’s enthusiasm and thoughtful solutions.

“The AG Camp provided us with experiences we don’t typically have at school. The Tech School was a wonderful environment to learn in and opened up new opportunities for us.”– Madi and Tess, Colac Secondary College

Geelong Tech School’s Ag Camp succeeded in fostering innovation, collaboration, and critical thinking. The students’ enthusiasm, creativity, and growth throughout the camp serve as a testament to the power of hands-on education in shaping future agricultural leaders.