Scott Millar's Year 9 business project had morphed into one of Australia's leading holographic entertainment companies by the time he graduated from high school.
The 20-year-old CEO of BOP Industries is passionate about working to inspire the next generation of digital creatives, and has teamed up with Indooroopilly State High School to help us continue to build the capability of our students to develop 21st Century Skills.
Mr Millar said he was working with the school to align the skill profiles of an Indoooroopilly SHS entrepreneur, innovator, global citizen and digital citizen to the curriculum.
"Throughout 2020 we've seen the increased need for 21st Century Skills, those transferable skills that help us not just survive but thrive in the workforce of the future," he said.
BOP is also partnering with the school to deliver extracurricular programs such as Business Builder (for Years 8 and 9 students), which starts in Week 3 of this term at our Innovation and Design Centre, known at the school as V Block. Mr Millar was one of the inspiring speakers at our Year 11 Leadership Day last term.
Jenny Knowles, Deputy Principal – Partnerships and Wellbeing, said a key platform of Indooroopilly High's strategic direction was ensuring the school's approach to curriculum continued to be innovative and meet the needs of a forward thinking community.
Mr Millar said 21st Century Skills were not just confined to the business classroom but extended across the curriculum.
"They should be taught across the humanities, sport, the arts and a whole range of different curriculum areas," he said.
"I'm defining what these 21st Century Skills look like in the Indooroopilly High context and mapping them to curriculum areas.
"It's looking at how we can implement these sorts of skill sets across curriculum areas to focus on cross-curricular learning but also showing students, teachers and parents the clear pathways for students to develop these skills in their time at Indooroopilly.
Mr Millar and his friends started BOP Industries (BOP stood for 'Buy our Product') as a Year 9 Business project selling keyrings at markets around Brisbane.
From using CD cases to make holograms, the business developed into a tech startup creating holographic projections and, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has increasingly turned its focus to education.
"Before I'd even gotten my QCE results I had three university scholarship offers, seven full-time job offers and clients asking us to create more holograms for them, which was a pretty unique position as a 17 year old," he said.
"That was when we had a lot of teachers reaching out saying, 'Can you help teach our students how to do what you did? There's a big focus on these skills and we're not quite sure the best way to deliver it and would you able to come in and help that happen?'
"It started with me and a group of friends at the beginning of 2018 in regional Queensland delivering some programs. Now we've worked with 50,000 students in 36 locations around the world in the past two years.
"We run programs building curriculum and consulting with leadership teams and working with a lot of corporate partners like Singapore Airlines, Virgin Australia, Rio Tinto, Accenture and RACQ to help students realise the amazing things they can do regardless of their age, their location or their background."
Business Builders (Years 8-9)
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Photo: Lyn McErlean (Head of Department - Design and Technologies), Jenny Knowles (Deputy Principal - Partnerships and Wellbeing), Scott Millar (BOP Industries CEO), Matt Reid (Head of Department - Business, Industry and Innovation), Timothy Barraud (Junior School Principal) and Lily Kennedy (BOP Industries program coordinator).