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Future problem solvers learn about the Tassie devil

St Mary's College student Hannah Sutton recently travelled to Iowa, USA, to attend the Future Problem Solving International Conference where she competed in the "Global Issues Problem Solving International Finals". This Page/Hannah Problem Solving conf_web.jpg

Hannah was the first competitor ever from Tasmania to ever go to these finals! She must have been so proud and excited to represent Tasmania.  She was asked to carry in the flag for Tasmania, and as a part of this, to dress up in something that represented where she came from.  "As soon as I knew of this, I knew that there was only one thing I could go as - a Tasmanian devil!" she said. 

Hannah used this opportunity to raise awareness and interest for the Tasmanian devil and the Save the Tasmanian devil Appeal.  She participated in a memento exchange, exchanging Tassie Devil wristbands, stickers and face masks.  She then spent another four weeks in America and used this as an opportunity to constantly talk to people about the plight of the Tasmanian Devil and how important it is to ensure their survival in the wild.  Hannah was "stunned by the fact that hardly anyone was aware that Tasmania existed let alone that a Tasmanian Devil is actually a real animal, and not just a cartoon!"

Hannah has participated in the Future Problem Solving Program at St Mary's College since Grade 5.  Now in Grade 9 she is off to the national finals in October!  Good luck Hannah and thanks so much for your support.

 

Photo: Hannah dressed as a devil to help spread the world to her conference friends