Young re-inventor of the year

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Young people will solve problems and put their creativity to the test in this exciting initiative that challenges you to reuse, repurpose and upcycle before throwing away.

Plastic Pirates Ahoy

Quick Facts
What: Free, project based sustainability re-use challenge
When: Submissions close Monday 21 October 2019
Who: High schools, primary schools, early years learning centres, community groups and individuals across Western Australia are encouraged to apply. Inventors must be aged 18 years and under.
Why: Get young people thinking differently about waste and possibly share $3000 in sustainability prizes to expand your sustainability action.
How: Register now.

The 2019 theme is Plastic Pirates Ahoy! Collect plastic loot and re-invent it into something to be treasured. Plunder the bins of your home or school for plastic and get creative to cut waste!

See project ideas here

Share $3000 in sustainability prizes including worm farms, compost bins, upcycling workshops and sustainability books.

Entries are accepted from schools, individuals or community groups

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You will receive a $50 voucher for the City of Armadale Drop'n'Shop when you register. Registered participants will also receive a quarterly enews brimming with re-invention ideas and inspiration.

Young re-inventor of the year can link to outcomes in Science, Arts, Technologies and Human Society and its Environment.  See links to the Western Australian curriculum.

Entries from individuals, classes or whole schools are welcome at both a Primary and High School level. Clubs, after school care and home schoolers are encouraged to participate.

How to enter

  1. Register the details of your school and how many students or classes will be participating
  2. Complete your Plastic Pirates Ahoy!  re-invention.
  3. Take a photo and submit it by Monday 21 October. Your submission should include two photos of your invention along with a brief description (200 words maximum) of who made it and why.

Change Makers Award

  1. Optional. Share your story and inspire further waste reducing action in your school or community and be eligible for the Change Makers Award.

All entrants will receive a participation certificate and be in the running to share in $3000 in prizes.

See examples of past entries.

Prize winners will receive a sustainability pack tailored to help them and/or their school to become more sustainable.

Entries will be judged on:

  1. Waste reduction – does your invention creatively use items that are routinely thrown away at your school or in your home or community and a minimal amount of new materials?
  2. Relation to the 2019 theme (has your submission re-invented plastic into something to be treasured?)
  3. Practicality – is your invention useful? Does it suit its purpose?
  4. Aesthetics – Does your invention look appealing?


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