Queensland students have designed some imaginative ways to teach their fellow classmates about the importance of saving money and their rights as consumers.

It was all part of this year’s Buy Smart awards, with the winners announced in a ceremony at Parliament House.

Clea Harbison reports.

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Madeleine Storace and Sabrene Barbera, from St Hilda’s School at Southport, designed a saving boardgame which won first place in the years 5-7 category.

The game is loosely based around monopoly, although rather than spending money as the game goes on, you play to save.

Madeleine Storace & Sabrene Barbera, St Hilda’s Students: “The happy faces are for happy things, and the sad faces are for the bad things that happen in life.”

Students from the Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology took out first place in the year 10-12 category.

They created an interactive powerpoint which addresses security on the internet.

Priyanka Naik, Queensland Academy Student: “It shows students the different ways they can get scammed and it refers to the most common things that students do.”

More than 650 students from 42 schools across Queensland submitted entries for the Buy Smart competition.

Clea Harbison, QUT News.