Game Changer Challenge

The Game Changer Challenge is back! 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 2019 Game Changer Challenge

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 to solve a complex 21st Century real-world problem.

The 2019 Game Changer Challenge is – How can we humanise technology?

Full competition details available here Monday April 1, 2019.

Video – The Game Changer Challenge Strikes Back

Duration – 0:13

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Launched in 2018, the Game Changer Challenge has become an annual event open to our 2200+ schools and 800,000 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). Transport, accommodation and teacher relief costs will be covered.

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?

Thanks to our Challenge supports Microsoft, Adobe, Modern Teaching Aids, Amazon Web Services and Office Max, the three-day program featured a purpose-built makerspace showcasing the latest educational technologies including guest speakers from the creative industries, technology and design.

2018 Game Changer Challenge wrap video

Duration – 1:49

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Last years finalists

The sixteen finalists from last year's Challenge were:

High schools

  • Chatswood High School
  • Lurnea High School
  • Beverly Hills Girls High School
  • Armidale High School
  • Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
  • Gloucester High School
  • Carenne School
  • Hurlstone Agriculture High School

Primary schools

  • Lidcombe Public School
  • Ingleburn Public School
  • Oakhill Drive Public School
  • Cherrybrook Public School
  • Cudgegong Valley Public School
  • Menindee Central School
  • Alstonville Public School
  • Thirroul Public School

2018 Game Changer Challenge materials

Video – The Game Changer Challenge 2018

Duration – 1:27

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