2017 High Schools STEM Competition
Entries close Friday, 30 Jun 2017
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.
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.
Students need to:
Use design thinking to create an original device to address this challenge. They’ll need to show how they empathise, define, ideate, develop a prototype and test the ideas they develop.
Create a video pitch: film themselves pitching their design to the judges (maximum 3 minutes).
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)
This competition is a fantastic way of bringing STEM to life in your classroom. The competition can easily fit within your normal teaching program due to the strong curriculum links.
Request your competition pack to download everything you will need to support your students in this competition, including:
- Competition flyer
- Competition info for students
- Design thinking process map
- Judges’ Tips
- Design thinking assessment rubrics
- Australian Curriculum links
- A brochure about our general high school resources
All entries are subject to the competition Terms and Conditions.
Please read all documents and the Ts & Cs carefully to ensure entries meet the criteria.
Entries must be submitted via the ‘submit entry’ button below, 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.
Make sure you and your school 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.