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The Cool Controller Competition aims to encourage and support stage 3 and 4 students to use a design thinking approach to develop an improved ‘Smart’ control unit for the Cooler Classroom air conditioning and fresh air ventilation units.

Students will be encouraged to think like entrepreneurs and completely redesign the current system in terms of connectivity, data capture and visual appearance. The design solution they come up with must focus on sustainable practices for:

  • Improved thermal comfort - temperature, humidity and airflow
  • Improved indoor air quality - CO2

All the dates you need to know are in the Key dates section.

Students will be encouraged to apply innovative ‘blue sky’ thinking to produce a design concept for a ‘Smart’ device and prepare a pitch to sell their idea.

Each finalist team will receive a micro:bit ‘Lab Pack’ that can be used in the classroom for STEM activities.

The first 100 teams that entered received a Splat 3D design tools (Gold in the Design Excellence and Sustainable Design - Australian Good Design Awards 2019) and the first 100 DoE teachers that registered received a free PD Masterclass in Designing for Sustainability. Unfortunately all these places have now been filled and the prizes redeemed.

However, teachers can still register for the online PD Masterclass at a reduced cost of $25 for course administration – there is no charge for the course itself. If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer, you must complete this registration form before 22 September

Finalists will have the opportunity to present their designs at an awards presentation event on 15 October. The format of the event is yet to be determined. Details will be advised closer to the date.

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