Mount View High School agriculture students Erin Watherston and Chelsea Webb to attend National Brilliant Business Kids Festival

OPPORTUNITY: Mount View High agriculture teacher Anna Wells and students Erin Watherston and Chelsea Webb, who will attend the Brilliant Business Kids festival.

OPPORTUNITY: Mount View High agriculture teacher Anna Wells and students Erin Watherston and Chelsea Webb, who will attend the Brilliant Business Kids festival.

Two Mount View High School agriculture students will pitch a proposal at the National Brilliant Business Kids Festival at the University of Sydney on Friday.

Erin Watherston (Year 9) and Chelsea Webb (Year 10) will pitch their business idea - Save the Waste - which uses food waste from commercial farms, mixed with biosolids and manure, and sells its back to farms.

Chelsea said their idea will help reduce landfill and methane gas emissions, therefore reducing the impacts of climate change.

Erin and Chelsea won their way into the national competition after taking out the in-school Entrepreneurs Pitch competition in September, which was held as part of the Agriculture Entrepreneurial Learning in Action program.

The girls say they are looking forward to attending the festival, where they also have the opportunity to mix with leaders in industry, education and academia in workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions.

Erin said it will be a great learning opportunity, and Chelsea added that it will be good to be able to share their ideas with people in the industry.

Mount View High is one of just seven schools nationwide that was selected to take part in the Agriculture Entrepreneurial Learning in Action program, which was held during terms two and three.

The school has recently developed a partnership with ag-tech company Agerris, and is among the first schools in NSW to trial the Digital Farmhand - a real, on-farm robotic system.

The Digital Farmhand will be rolled out to 20 regional schools over two years, as part of the Ag Robotics STEM Program (funded by the NSW Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer), aiming to introduce regional students to agricultural robotics and promote agriculture as a career option.

Mount View High hosted about 150 students from six of its feeder primary schools last Thursday as part of National Agriculture Day celebrations, and these students had the opportunity to learn about and use the robot - with representatives from Agerris on hand to deliver an engaging experience.

The primary school students also took part in ear-tagging lessons, fat-scoring sheep, safe poultry handling, sugar testing of fruits and many more mini-lessons that were developed and led by Mount View students.