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 2020.
In 2018 and 2019,Sydney Metro invited Year 9 and 10 students from schools in Sydney's city and south west area* to come up with an innovative idea that would help support Sydney Metro’s goal of connecting Sydney. The challenge was 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 students were asked to do
Year 9 and 10 students worked 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. They had access to great Metro Minds ambassadors working on Sydney Metro to provide information, mentoring and advice.
- Students based their innovation on an opportunity of challenge from several areas including sustainability, construction, new technology, customer needs and safety
- Team members took on real jobs to innovate and worked through the design thinking process and pitched their ideas
- Teams completed a video pitch of their idea and a short concept brief
- Schools picked their top three innovations and submitted these to Sydney Metro for judging
- Finalists were invited to pitch their ideas live to a panel of Sydney Metro experts and innovators
Team | $1,500
Teacher | $500
School | $500 towards development of STEAM Challenge projects in school
Finalist team | $600 (per team)
Teacher | $300
School | $300 towards development of STEAM Challenge projects in school
2019 Winners from Cumberland High School (left to right): Mason Zhang, Jun Jo, Aditya Agnihotri, Saisriman Tadepalli, Husain Alhashemi, Nihar Kadkol
Metro Minds STEAM Challenge timeline
The competition has closed and the finalists ceremony took place on 15 August 2019
Schools eligible to enter
Metro Minds STEAM Challenge 2019 was open to schools in Sydney’s city and south west area.*
Take a look at these innovation case studies.
Noise minimisation innovation at Martin Place
Powering Sydney Metro Northwest
Australia’s first driverless train
Preparing for tunnelling under Sydney Harbour
Registration closed 10 May 2019.
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.
Entries closed 28 June 2019.
School resource pack
Each coordinating teacher received 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.
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.
Metro Minds ambassador Georgina Luck at Blacktown Girls High School
2019 finalist and winner
Congratulations to the 2019 Metro Minds finalist and winning team.
Competition entry: Jump smart sensors
Sefton High School (Finalist)
Competition entry: Additional wayfinding
Students: Henry Lam, Tracey Ha, Jasmine Khuu and Alexander Paou
For more information on Metro Minds STEAM Challenge and to register your interest in 2019 at Metrominds@transport.nsw.gov.au.