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Taking part in the Game Changer Challenge?

Think your school has what it takes to solve a wicked problem? Get your team ready to answer the next big question – how can we humanise technology?

The Game Changer Challenge is a three-day design thinking sprint which takes place during Education Week and involves 16 teams from schools across NSW working with department educators and industry partners spanning educational technologies, creative industries and innovation to solve a complex 21st Century real-world problem.

Read or hear the transcript for The Game Changer Challenge Strikes Back video.

Launched in 2018, the Game Changer Challenge has become an annual event open to our 2,200+ schools and 823,000 students across NSW. The challenge is designed to make strong learning and teaching connections to the NSW syllabus specifically in the area of developing general capabilities such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and problem-solving. The challenge also provides teachers with an opportunity to gain exposure to the design thinking process and includes teacher resources to introduce this creative problem-solving methodology into the classroom.

All schools are invited to form a team of six students and two teachers and apply to participate in the 2019 challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week (5 – 9 August 2019).

Full event details will be available from April 1 on the Game Changer Challenge webpage.

Last year’s Game Changer Challenge

The first-ever Game Changer Challenge took place between Tuesday 7 August – Thursday 9 August 2018 at the department’s new state office in Parramatta. It explored the big question, what will the school of the future look like?

Carenne School in Bathurst was named the secondary school winner of the inaugural challenge competition for its ‘wellness biome’ in a natural environment with learning pods, calming water features, comfortable furniture and the school counsellor and therapy dog nearby.

Cudgegong Valley Public School was crowned winner of the primary school division with its plans for a sustainable school self-sufficient in power, water and food.

Read more about the 2018 Game Changer Challenge winners.

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