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About the competition

Sydney Metro believes Sydney’s youth has what it takes to solve real challenges in Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Metro Minds STEAM Challenge invites students in Year 7 to Year 10 near Sydney Metro’s City & Southwest, West and Western Sydney Airport railway alignments to work together to come up with an innovative solution to an authentic Sydney Metro challenge or opportunity.

Getting involved is easy.

Step 1: Form a team with four to six students per team, solve a real challenge or opportunity that Sydney Metro may face as it revolutionises how Sydneysiders travel. Registrations close on 10 May 2024.

Step 2: Explore Using the Sydney Metro project as context, identify a challenge, opportunity or problem worth solving. Get inspiration by visiting our website, talking to your family and friends or reaching out to members of your community.

Step 3: Innovate Follow the design-thinking process and empathise, define, ideate, prototype and test your innovation. Meet our Metro Minds ambassadors and experts to get feedback and refine your solution!

Step 4: The pitch Create a five-minute video and 500-word concept brief to pitch your team’s idea.

Step 5: Submit Ask your coordinating teacher to upload your entry by 20 June 2024.

Teachers and students have access to supporting resources including, curriculum-aligned unit of work, poster and student folio/workbook. Teams will complete the challenge in Term 2 in 2024.

The best teams will be shortlisted and invited to attend a finals event to live-pitch and showcase their solution to Sydney Metro on 23 August 2024.

Take a look at the timeline for the Challenge.

Metro Minds 2024 Brochure

Years 7 to 10, your Metro Minds journey starts here.

The design process

Use the design thinking process to develop your innovation and prototype.

Judging criteria

Each teams submission will be judged based on the following set of criteria.

Metro Minds STEAM Challenge

Metro Minds 2024Timeline

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