Our lower secondary students in the Environment Club participated in the G!nnovation Challenge, a competition where schools in the North East district came up with innovative solutions to tackle environmental issues. It is part of ‘SYNER-G! 2019’, an inaugural event jointly organised by North East CDC and NEA on 21 Sep 2019 at Pasir Ris Sports Centre. The event aims to create environmental awareness among the young generation and rally the young to be more mindful of our precious resources. There was also a carnival featuring schools environmental projects, interactive game booths and hands-on upcycling workshops.
This year, based on the theme of Zero Waste, students were tasked to tackle one of four waste challenges (E-waste, Packaging Waste, Food Waste and Recycle Right). In preparation for the challenge, our students used the design thinking framework to define a waste problem that they wanted to tackle. They then thought of innovative solutions for the problem and implemented their solutions in school. They also conducted campaigns during recess and through Instagram and Facebook to advocate environmental messages to their peers. The success of the campaigns was measured through an online survey and our students presented their findings at the Syner-g! event.
One of our teams, Plasti-Case which did a project on upcycling plastic waste to make a pouch received good response for their project and representatives from ActiveSG had expressed interest to collaborate with the team to see how to bring their idea forward. ActiveSG, Corporate Investment Partnerships, oversees ActiveWallet, ActiveSG Merchandise & lifestyle offerings in Sports Centres. They also encourage and advocate environmental sustainability.