Frequently asked questions

Do you have any questions about the Competition? Take a look at the answers below.

What is the Cool Controller Competition?

The Cool Controller Competition aims to encourage and support Stage 3 and Stage 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.

A 'Smart' control (device) uses sensors and connections to other devices, via the internet, to make a task more efficient.

The newly developed 'Smart' controller will make changes in the classroom to optimise air quality, thermal comfort and energy usage.

Students will develop this 'Smart' controller through a guided teaching and learning process. Resources have been created to specifically support and guide teachers and students through a step by step process.

At the end of the process, students will be able to present a conceptual prototype of their innovative design solution.

As a result, classrooms will take on a sustainable approach with an improvement to thermal comfort and indoor air quality.

Who is the competition for?

Stage 3 and Stage 4 students.

What are the prizes?

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

Are there prizes for teachers too?

The first 100 DoE teachers to register received a free PD Masterclass in Designing for Sustainability. Unfortunately all these places have now been filled.

What will the finals event look like?

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.

Where can teachers get the resources?

When you register, they will be made available to you for download.

How does this fit in the Cooler Classrooms program?

The Cool Controller Competition is being managed by the Cooler Classrooms team, which has appointed specialist program designers and developers to create all the resources.

What if I’m not a STEM or science teacher?

All the available resources will step you through the process – don’t worry.

When does the competition start and stop?

The competition starts in the week commencing 24 Aug and your teams entries must be submitted by 22 Sep. The resources are designed to be completed over this 4 week period.

How do I submit my entry?

Send your completed entry to coolcontroller@det.nsw.edu.au by 22 Sep.

Remember to refer to the ‘Cool Controller Competition Guidelines’ in our Teacher Resource section when completing your teams entry to give yourself the best chance of winning.

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