Metro Minds STEAM Challenge for students

Are you a Metro Mind?

Are you creative or innovative, or do you have a great idea? Do you like a challenge? Work with your classmates to win great prizes by helping us revolutionise the way Sydney travels. If you’re a student or teacher at a school near the new Sydney Metro railway, then we have the perfect challenge for you.

Get on board this new competition and bring your creativity and problem solving skills along for the ride on Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Competition details - what you need to do

Students in Years 9 and 10 from Sydney’s city and south west area  will work in teams of four to six students.

Use the design thinking process to create and develop an innovative solution to a real challenge or opportunity that Sydney Metro has faced or may face, as we work on Australia’s biggest transport project.

Students could base their innovation on an opportunity or challenge from several priority areas including sustainability, construction, new technologies, customer needs and engagements, and safety. See the competition brochure for more areas.

Team members will take on real jobs to innovate, work through the design thinking process and pitch their ideas.

Your coordinating teacher will select the top three submissions from your school to enter. Teams are asked to submit a short concept brief, video pitch and presentation.

Finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of Sydney Metro experts and innovators.

For more information on Metro Minds STEAM Challenge, ask your coordinating teacher to register their interest in 2019 email 

Your team could win

The winning team will win:
Team | $1,500
Teacher | $500
School | $500 towards development of STEAM in school
Each finalist team will win:
Finalist team | $600 (per team)
Teacher | $300
School | $300

Metro Minds winners

2018 Winners from Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Campus, Daniel Duncan, Harry Ross, Alex Todd, Josh Hort, Alex Yuen, Eleanor McRae and Ryan Lynch


The best teams will be shortlisted and invited to attend a finals ceremony to showcase their solution to the Sydney Metro team and invited guests. This will involve a team presentation and question and answer session, conducted by the judges. At the end of the event, a winner will be announced.

Metro Minds STEAM Challenge timeline

Registrations open: 20 February 2019
Registrations close: 10 May 2019
Submissions due: 28 June 2019
Finalists announced: 23 July 2019
Live pitch and award ceremony: 15 August 2019

Registering for the competition

Students, if you are interested in entering the competition and your school is located in Sydney’s city and south west area*, ask your Grade, Science, Maths, Visual Arts or Technology teacher to register on your behalf.

The teacher who registers your team will then become the coordinating teacher for your school. If you are a home school student, then your parent can register as a coordinating teacher.

Competition terms and conditions

For a full list, see the terms and conditions.

Information for teachers

For more information, visit the Teacher information page.

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