About the Game Changer Challenge

Let the games begin!
Video submissions have now closed and virtual semifinals are taking place in Term 3.

What is the Game Changer Challenge?

The Game Changer Challenge is the department’s award-winning design thinking competition.

Open to all 2,200+ public schools across the state the challenge centres on discovering solutions for a real-world, wicked problem by applying classroom learning.

Now in its fifth year, the Game Changer Challenge will be returning bigger and better than ever! All teams will work through both the create and advocate processes to produce a robust solution to one of our society’s most pressing issues.

Our 2022 wicked problem

We have a global challenge of ensuring healthy lives for all, at all ages.

Derived from the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing.

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is a human-centred approach to solving complex problems. Empathy and collaboration are at the heart of design thinking.

The five-step process starts by encouraging problem solvers to walk in the shoes of those experiencing the 'problem' to gain a deeper insight into the challenges and issues they face (empathy).

This knowledge is then used to develop a clear problem statement (define), work on solutions (ideate), turn these solutions into tangible products (prototype) and then see whether the solution will work (test).

Design thinking is not a linear process. With each stage you make new discoveries that require you to rethink and redefine what you have already done.

Design thinking brings our head, heart and hands together to find innovative solutions to complex problems.

This process can be used over and over again, for small or complex problems.

NSW Premier's Awards winner

The Game Changer Challenge has been announced as a winner in the 2021 NSW Premier's Awards.

The program won in the Highest Quality Education category: nurturing and educating our children and young people through their schooling life and providing access to quality lifelong learning ensures that we have the skills for jobs of the future. Focusing on improving educational outcomes will help to make the people of NSW ready for the future.

The NSW Premier’s Awards celebrates excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses.

Find out more and see the full list of winners on the Premier's Awards website.

Contact us

Do you have a specific question or need more detail about this year’s challenge? Send an email to GCC@det.nsw.edu.au

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