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High Competitions 2017 High Schools STEM Competition

2017 High Schools STEM Competition

Entries close Friday, 30 Jun 2017

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The issue

8% of serious injuries at Australian pedestrian level crossings each year happen in young people under 14. But for 15-24 year olds, the figure jumps to a massive 31%. This needs to change!

There’s no better time than now to innovate on pedestrian level crossing safety. We think young people have what it takes to come up with fresh ideas to address this very serious issue.

Young people helping young people. Awesome.

The challenge

Create an innovative solution to reduce the chances of injuries or fatalities occurring at pedestrian level crossings.

Working in a team of 2 to 4, apply design thinking to create an innovative solution to a pedestrian level crossing safety issue using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) principles, to make young people’s crossing experiences safer.

You’ll need to:

1. Design

Use design thinking to create an original device to address this challenge. You’ll need to show how you empathise, define, ideate, develop a prototype and test the ideas you develop.

2. Pitch

Create a video pitch: film yourselves pitching your design to the judges (maximum 3 minutes).


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The competition is open to all Australian high school students in teams (minimum 2 and maximum 4 students) in two categories:

  • Year 7 & 8 (ages 12 to 14)
  • Year 9 & 10 (ages 14 to 16)

Ask your teacher to download a competition pack everything you will need to enter this competition, including:

  • Competition flyer
  • Competition info for students (which has all the details)
  • Design thinking process map (to help get you started)
  • Judges’ Tips (to help you understand what they are looking for)

All entries are subject to the competition Terms and Conditions.

Please read all documents and the Ts & Cs carefully to ensure your entry meets the criteria. If you need any help understanding them, please ask your teacher.

Entries must be submitted via the ‘submit entry’ button on the teacher’s page, and the competition closes at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017.

Entries will be shortlisted, and our expert judging panel will judge the top 5 entries in each category.

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Make sure you and your friends vote for your favourite design in our People’s Choice Awards during Rail Safety Week, 14-20 August 2017.

Major prize and People’s Choice winners will be announced by 1 September 2017.

Please contact with any questions.

Source: Henley, G. & Harrison, J.E. (2009). Serious injury due to transport accidents involving a railway train, Australia 2002–03 to 2006–07. (Injury Research and Statistics Series no. 54. Cat. no. INJCAT 130). Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Retrieved from