Shortreed Elementary Grade 5 student Janelle Latimer was selling relaxation at the 2018 Idea Summit. The glasses contained bath salts, a scrubber and chocolate. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley students make plans to change the world at second IDEA Summit

Young thinkers and entrepreneurs will tackle the problem of how to deal with single-use plastic

Langley’s students are getting ready to change the world.

From Kindergarten to Grade 12, young entrepreneurs and innovators from all over Langley School District are getting together to show their wares and share their thoughts at the second annual IDEA SUMMIT at the Langley Events Centre on May 8.

This year, the event includes IDEA X, in which students tackle the problem of single-use plastic.

“Sadly, the proliferation of single-use plastic and its devastating impact on the environment, eco-systems, animal conservation and general health and welfare of our planet has become such a daunting issue that most people turn away from the problem in despair,” notes an event brochure from the Langley School District Foundation. “We are asking Langley students to come up with well-researched and feasible solutions to tackle the problem.”

Not a typical school science project, IDEA X has seven teams of students presenting ideas, solutions, research, marketing strategies, and professional presentations to compete for a $20,000 scholarship award.

The IDEA SUMMIT and IDEA X encourage students to stretch their imaginations into unfamiliar territory to attack serious problems from different angles, in search of world-changing solutions.

Entrepreneurship and socialpreneurship and the skills associated with creativity and innovation, developing and marketing products and ideas, and enhancing social and business awareness are part of a redesigned B.C. curriculum known as Applied Design, Skills and Technologies, or ADST.

The IDEA SUMMIT and IDEA X is geared towards taking Langley School District into the philosophy of that new curriculum.

The public is invited to come and see how Langley Schools have embraced the development of those skills for students to be successful in a rapidly changing world.

THE IDEA SUMMIT and IDEAX is open to the public from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

The event is sponsored by the Langley School District Foundation, as well as VWR Capital, Envision Financial, Darnell & Company Lawyers, TD Canada Trust, GF Financial Group, McDonald’s Restaurants, Save-on Foods, Power Play, and the Langley School District Foundation.

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Jemma Van Grol, Sara Walmsley and Tiffany Jang of the Alex Hope Elementary Humanitarian Club took part in the 2018 IDEA Summit. (Langley Advance Times files)

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