Metro Minds STEAM Challenge for teachers

Guide for teachers

Are your students 21st century thinkers? Would you like to foster their local citizenship, creativity, entrepreneurialism, collaboration, empathy, decision making, authentic connections and innovations! If so, this might be the challenge for you in 2019.

Sydney Metro invites Year 9 and 10 students from schools in Sydney's city and south west area* to come up with an innovative idea that will help support Sydney Metro’s goal of connecting Sydney. The challenge is focused on providing an outstanding NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum-linked learning experiences that aligns to the English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, Design and Technology, Industrial Technology, Visual Arts or Commerce syllabuses. 

Competition details - what your students need to do

Year 9 and 10 students will work in collaborative groups of four to six team members to create and design an innovative solution to a Sydney Metro opportunity or challenge of their choice. Your students will also have access to great Metro Minds ambassadors  working on Sydney Metro to provide information, mentoring and advice.

  • Students can base their innovation on an opportunity of challenge from several areas including sustainability, construction, new technology, customer needs and safety
  • Team members take on real jobs to innovate and work through the design thinking process and pitch their ideas
  • Teams complete a video pitch of their idea and a short concept brief
  • Schools pick their top three innovations and submit these to Sydney Metro for judging
  • Four finalists are invited to pitch their ideas live to a panel of Sydney Metro experts and innovators

Competition resources, including terms and conditions will be sent to teachers who have registered to participate in Metro Minds STEAM Challenge. To register your interest, email us at

Metro Minds Steam challenge

Cumberland High School team at the Metro Minds STEAM Challenge finals (left to right): Dylan Lay, Dev Chopra, Naman Ganjekar, Danial Amin Rahmanlou and Alexander Warnecke


Winning team

Team | $1,500
Teacher | $500 
School | $500 towards development of STEAM Challenge projects in school

Finalist teams

Finalist team | $600 (per team)
Teacher | $300
School | $300 towards development of STEAM Challenge projects in school

Metro Minds Steam winners

2018 Winners from Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Campus

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

Judging criteria

For information about the assessment criteria and rubric that the judges used, see judging criteria.

Curriculum links

The Metro Minds STEAM Challenge is an educational competition that focuses on providing NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) curriculum-linked learning experiences. With a strong focus on project-based learning linked to an authentic context, our STEAM Challenge has direct links to STEAM learning areas across the curriculum and to the cross curriculum priorities and general capabilities. For more information, see Metro Minds STEAM Challenge curriculum links.

Schools eligible to enter

Metro Minds STEAM Challenge 2019 is open to schools in Sydney’s city and south west area.*


To enter your team, use this online registration form.

Coordinating teacher

Each school will need to nominate a coordinating teacher who is responsible for the following:

  • registering the school and students participating
  • checking email communications throughout the competition
  • distributing teacher and student resource packs
  • coordinating contact between their students and the school’s Metro Minds Ambassadors (where applicable)
  • keeping track of student progress, and
  • oversee student submissions.

The coordinating teacher will also receive a great prize if a team from their school is choosen as a finalist.

School resource pack

Each coordinating teacher receives a resource support pack containing:

  • a welcome letter
  • a guide with instructions and information to support students
  • information on Sydney Metro.

Sydney Metro also has a large range of information resources that will help you on your Metro Minds STEAM Challenge journey. Explore the Sydney Metro website for inspiration and check this page periodically to see new resources.

What is 'design thinking'?

Sydney Metro has created an easy-to-use document that explains each stage of the design thinking process, with helpful hints and examples.

Metro Minds ambassadors

Sydney Metro is committed to supporting schools throughout the Metro Minds STEAM Challenge. Schools may be assigned a Metro Minds ambassador to give students insights, guidance and feedback throughout their design thinking processes.

Environmental coordinator, Sydney Metro delivery officer and Metro Minds ambassador Georgina Luck at Blacktown Girls High School

2018 Metro Minds ambassador Georgina Luck at Blacktown Girls High School

Competition terms and conditions

For a full list, see the terms and conditions.

2018 finalists and winner

Congratulations to the 2018 Metro Minds finalists and winning team.

Northern Beaches Secondary College - Manly Campus (Winner)
Competition entry: Additional seating without reducing standing room Students: Alex Yuen, Daniel Duncan, Harry Ross, Ryan Lynch, Joshua Hort, Alex Todd

Cumberland High School
Competition entry: Streamlining tunnel builds with additional modular pre-cast concrete Students: Alexander Warnecke, Dylan Lay, Naman Ganjekar, Dev Chopra, Danial Amin Rahmanlou

Northholm Grammar School
Competition entry: Metro messenger app
Students: Raymond Huynh, Ling Chi Ambrose Hon, Elyssa Freame, Liam Hogarth, Joseph Clemmit

Cumberland High School
Competition entry: Plastic infused, water repellent concrete
Students: Adwithiya Puri, Ronald Leung, Isaac Wu

Barker College
Competition entry: Harnessing the kinetic energy from train wheel motion
Students: Jamie Holdsworth, Saxon Inglis, Jesse Tong, Max Zhao

LaSalle Catholic College Bankstown
Competition entry: Metro sticker
Students: Vivian Phan, Daniella Carini, Natalie Lawani, Harriet Owusu, Stanley Ma, Isabella Silvera


Sydney Metro 2018 finalists, school co-ordinating teachers, ambassadors and judges at the 2018 finals event


Sydney Metro 2018 finalists, coordinating teachers, ambassadors and judges

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