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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
To help educate students about Australian wool, AWI has developed and rolled out new school resources and is looking at innovative ways of using technology to engage the next generation. The Year 10 winner of last year’s competition – which had the theme ‘favourite musician’ – Alice Wang from St George’s High School in NSW, had her design for musician SIA come to life, with fashion designer Jonathan Ward making the garment for an exclusive photoshoot with Frankie magazine. “The photoshoot was a truly unforgettable experience which encompassed an abundance of fun whilst providing great insight into the design industry,” said Alice. WOOL4SCHOOL 2018 REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN Registrations are now open for the 2018 Wool4School design competition, with AWI encouraging all Australian high school teachers and students to register. This year, Wool4School invites students to design a multifunctional outfit. From dresses turning into handbags, jumpers which can be worn as a skirt, or trousers becoming shorts – the possibilities are endless. The outfit should be designed to be made from at least 80% Australian Merino wool. There are a host of amazing prizes on offer. Once again, the Year 12 winner will be granted a scholarship for the Whitehouse Institute of Design, giving those serious about entering the fashion industry some real life, practical experience. By putting wool into the minds of Australia’s future fashion designers, Wool4School encourages students' innovative thinking and creative design, in keeping with AWI’s tradition of fostering the education of the future generation. To be in the running to win a host of amazing prizes, Australian high school students are invited to enter this year’s Wool4School competition and design a multifunctional outfit made from Merino wool. WOOLGROWERS AND PARENTS Contact your local high school and encourage them to get involved in the Wool4School program. Information for schools and teachers is available at www.wool4school.com YEAR 7 -12 TEACHERS Simply register your school and year groups at www.wool4school.com to receive a free Merino wool fabric pack and resource kit for the classroom. YEAR 7 -12 STUDENTS Learn more about the exciting competition at www.wool4school.com and talk to your teacher about getting involved. KEY DATES Registrations close: 31 May 2018 Submissions open: 27 July 2018 HOW TO GET INVOLVED Top: A screenshot from FarmVR in Single VR Mode. Middle: All delegates at the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) biennial conference received a Learn About Wool-branded virtual reality headset – for use with a smartphone. Delegates were shown how virtual reality can improve student engagement with the wool industry through immersive education. Bottom: An example of augmented reality technology, which shows a computer-generated image of a sheep superimposed on a participant’s view of Tim Gentle’s presentation at the NAAE conference (as seen through the participant’s smartphone). OFF FARM 29
In the Shops - March 2018